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Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Faculty Chair of the school's executive program "Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies." His previous books include Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing (with Moore & Kennedy, 1990) and The Regulatory Craft(Brookings, 2000).


We need a clear vision of where policing in America is headed. We surely need a broader view of what it means to succeed in the vital but enormously complex enterprise of policing. Sparrow provides rich and very timely help. Every police chief will find ideas here they can use, and their communities will be better served as a result.
--Charles Ramsey, Cochair, President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing,
and Former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

Hardly anyone writes more thoughtfully and perceptively about policing than Malcolm Sparrow. He argues here that American law enforcement has lost its way by failing to follow through on the core commitments of community and problem-oriented policing. Anyone who cares about the state of American policing should read this book.
--David Alan Sklansky, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Malcolm Sparrow, one of the nation's leading scholars on policing, provides timely and penetrating analysis. He brushes aside, with refreshing candor, much of the contemporary superficial treatment of the field's ills, challenging claims and assumptions that clutter popular reform agendas. He proposes more profound and ambitious change, drawing heavily on his work with other regulatory agencies--a body of experience very comparable to local policing, but rarely tapped for its relevance. This book "points the
way" and ranks among the most valuable resources available during this crisis.
--Herman Goldstein, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, and author, Policing a Free Society and Problem-Oriented Policing

America's police, still trying to recover from the "Great Recession," now face the crisis resulting from Ferguson and subsequent events. In Handcuffed Malcolm Sparrow makes an enormous contribution, clarifying the underlying challenges and showing how police can increase both effectiveness and community confidence. This book reinforces Sparrow's decades-long advocacy for problem-oriented policing.
--Darrel W. Stephens, Executive Director, Major Cities Chiefs Association

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