Paco Domingo is a street cop, a gang cop, a composite figure derived from criminologist Malcolm Klein's real observations, actual incidents, and verbatim court testimony in over 40 years of police and gang research. Klein, well-known criminologist and police consultant, tells the story of Domingo, who is deeply engaged in battling his street gang opponents. The author points to the dangers in police elite units when a 'tough cop' begins to rationalize the use of police violence and corruption. For all of those concerned with dealing in practical ways with street gangs, the greatest impediment has been ignorance about their nature. Klein highlights the importance of the training of gang cops, often the first point of contact with gang members in the community. He points out the discrepancies between some of their views and assumptions of fact in law enforcement on the one hand, and what criminological research has discovered on the other. The author assesses the knowledge and skills of the gang cop, and current gaps in our knowledge of street gangs. This book will be valuable to law enforcement personnel, lawyers, criminologists, and community and governmental agencies concerned with the proliferation of gangs in America's towns.
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 235 x 154 x 13 mm
Malcolm Klein is the preeminent gang researcher of our time. His new book Gang Cop is a revealing and compelling look inside the world of the police gang unit officer. Klein not only offers readers a colorful and unforgettable depiction of gang cops and the world in which they work and live, but he also provides readers with a scholarly examination of gangs and gang crime. -- Charles Katz, Arizona State University
A powerful new book. . . . Malcolm Klein draws on forty years of research on gangs, law enforcement, and intervention policy. He demonstrates the ways in which the police are organized, trained, and isolated to respond to gangs, and where it can and has gone wrong. -- Scott H. Decker, University of Missouri, St. Louis