Manning (2008). The Technology of Policing (book review)

Manning, Peter K. (2008). The Technology of Policing — Crime Mapping, Information Technology, and the Rationality of Crime Control; New York: New York University Press. ISBN: 978-0-8147-5724-6 $39.00

The book is based on a 6 year research project (1996–2002), examining the impact of information technology (IT), specifically Crime Mapping (CM) and Crime Analysis (CA, on policing. Three city police departments provide the focus for the research, i.e. a north western city not disclosed referred to as ‘Western city’, Washington D.C., and Boston.

The book contains ten chapters and is divided into three sections exploring theory, the three case studies, and reflection and summary of the research.

(The author Peter K. Manning is a trustee professor based at North Eastern University, Boston, USA, and is currently the ‘Brooks’ chair of policing and criminal justice at the College of Criminal Justice. He has been the editor and author of some fifteen books and his research interests are rationality and interplay of private and public policing, democratic policing, use of information technology, and qualitative methods.)