In recent years there has been a debate about the merits of zero tolerance policing; much of the discussion has been based on a misunderstanding. Indeed, there are many myths about what this form of policing seeks to achieve and the methods it adopts. Set against a backdrop of sensationalism and confusion, this exciting new book aims to tackle the controversy head on. With chapters from eminent practitioners and academics, the book clearly sets out the arguments both for and against zero tolerance policing, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Based on a combination of practical experience and extensive research, each chapter examines a key issue involved in zero tolerance policing. Subjects under discussion include current initiatives in both the UK and US, problem-oriented policing, community reaction, the implications for civil liberties of a true zero tolerance approach, and the problems of begging and vagrancy. Zero Tolerance Policing is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the police, crime prevention, community safety and order maintenance. It is a highly significant text, providing the reader with a more informed understanding of the many issues involved.
ROGER HOPKINS BURKE is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies at the Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order, University of Leicester, UK.