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Policing house is an engaging firsthand account of ways the la Police division makes an attempt to manage its gigantic, heterogeneous territory. As such, the e-book deals a unprecedented, ground-level examine the connection among the keep an eye on of house and the workout of energy. writer Steve Herbert spent 8 months gazing one patrol department of the LAPD at the task. A compelling tale in itself, his fieldwork with the officials within the Wilshire department provides readers an in depth view of the complicated components at play in how the police outline and keep watch over territory, how they make and mark house. A outstanding ethnography of a robust police division, underscored all through with telling on-the-scene vignettes, this booklet is additionally an strangely extensive research of the workout of territorial power-and of territoriality as a key part of police strength. specific in its program of fieldwork and idea to this complicated topic, it's going to end up invaluable to readers in city and political geography, city and political sociology, and criminology, in addition to those that ask yourself in regards to the workings of the LAPD.

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Further, the boundary is not always just a restriction on police action but can be mobilized to accomplish some larger public aim, such as clearing space of transients. In the last section I counterbalance any tendency to overstate the importance of law in determining police territorial practice. The discussion demonstrates how legally permissible actions are not always taken by police, even in the face of blatant criminal activity, and how some actions are taken without clear, defensible legal grounds.

The paraplegic is not unhappy about the situation, but his at- 48 THE LAW tendants are concerned for his well-being. When the police arrive, the sergeant in charge takes care to establish that the attendants believe the man to be in a life-threatening situation. They assure him that they do; not only is the woman unstable, they point out, but the man admits that he is not presently in his wheelchair, which makes him especially vulnerable. Further, the woman is claiming to be armed with a knife.

Their direct supervisor is a sergeant assigned to the Senior Lead Office who reports directly to the area captain. That sergeant is also responsible for the two division foot beats, one of which patrols the eastern end of Wilshire Boulevard, the other parts of Koreatown. The foot beats patrol during the day and are responsible primarily for maintaining public order in these two areas, both of which house a large number of commercial establishments. This means, in practice, trying to keep the areas clear of homeless people, street vendors, drunks, and others about whom business owners complain.

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