This sixth edition of Policing Americabenefits from the author's more than 35 years of combined policing and academic experience; thus its chapters contain a palpable real-world flavor. Its new subtitle- Challenges and Best Practices- reflects its expanded, pervasive emphasis on police problem solving. This edition's 15 chapters are now divided into five Parts to better organize its content, and each chapter contains a list of key terms, learning objectives, review questions, independent student activities, and related Web sites. Two new chapters are dedicated to addressing crime problems, more than thirty exhibits show "what works" or is occurring here and abroad, and several Practitioner's Perspectives and Comparative Closeups of policing in other countries are included. New materials for this edition include the National Incident Management System for homeland secuity, "suicide by cop", anomia, contract and consolidated police services, the PoliceTraining Officer concept, new DNA laws and databases, the force continuum, contagious shooting, meth and gang initiatives, youth crimes and violence, assessment centers, new border problems and initiatives, and expanded investigations, rule of law, civil liability, and technology chapters. An Appendix focuses on new child pornography, identity theft, and street racing initiatives. From its introduction through the end, the reader is offered a realistic, comprehensive, and penetrating view of one of the most difficult and challlenging occupations in America.Ken Peak is the author of 'Policing America (6th Edition)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780131598034 and ISBN 0131598031.