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The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement
  • Authored by: Michael Newton
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816062900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6290-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 363.20973
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 432


Written in a clear and engaging style, The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement provides an A-to-Z history of the police and law enforcement authorities in the United States—from the 17th century to the present. More than 600 entries highlight the world of law enforcement and its role throughout history.

Biographical information on figures such as U.S. attorney generals and FBI directors, various police chiefs and commissioners, sheriffs, criminologists, detectives, and victims is also provided. This fascinating volume is perfect for anyone interested in law enforcement and its development throughout history.

Coverage includes:

  • All major federal law enforcement agencies
  • At least one police department from each state and most major cities
  • Biographies of key figures such as U.S. attorney generals and FBI directors
  • Civil rights and social issues
  • Community outreach and crime prevention efforts, such as Crime Stoppers and D.A.R.E.
  • Law enforcement campaigns, such as the War on Drugs
  • Police codes, organization, and jargon
  • Police tactics and special units
  • Scandals and other infamous incidents
  • Types of crime
  • Women in law enforcement.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Michael Newton is a professional writer who has published more than 190 books since 1977. He has written primarily about crime, with a specialization in serial murder. His past books include The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers; The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings; The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes; and The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories, all for Facts On File. He lives in Nashville, IN.

Reviews and Awards


"...another handsomely produced Facts On File encyclopedia...should be of interest to anyone seeking information on American law enforcement topics."
American Reference Books Annual

"...attractively illustrated...clear, concise writing...will be used and read profitably by both the student and the casual reader..."
Library Journal

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