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Cop in the Hood:
My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District
Peter Moskos
With a new afterword by the author

Paperback | 2009 | $16.95 | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780691143866
280 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 2 line illus. 2 tables.
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When Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore's Eastern District, he was thrust deep into police culture and the ways of the street--the nerve-rattling patrols, the thriving drug corners, and a world of poverty and violence that outsiders never see. In Cop in the Hood, Moskos reveals the truths he learned on the midnight shift.

Through Moskos's eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. In addition to telling an explosive insider's story of what it is really like to be a police officer, he makes a passionate argument for drug legalization as the only realistic way to end drug violence--and let cops once again protect and serve. In a new afterword, Moskos describes the many benefits of foot patrol--or, as he calls it, "policing green."


"Remarkable. . . . Moskos manages to capture a world that most people know only through the distorting prism of television and film, where police officers are usually portrayed as quixotically heroic or contemptibly corrupt."--Daniel Horan, Wall Street Journal

"Moskos's overview of policing problems covers everything from arrest quotas, corrupt cops and excess paperwork to the reliance on patrolling in cars. . . . Moskos blends narrative and analysis, adding an authoritative tone to this adrenaline-accelerating night ride that reveals the stark realities of law enforcement."--Publishers Weekly

"Riveting. . . . [A]n unsparing boys-in-blue procedural that succeeds on its own plentiful--and wonderfully sympathetic--merits."--Atlantic

"Truly excellent. . . . This is one of the two or three best conceptual analyses of 'cops and robbers' I have read. It is mandatory reading for all fans of The Wire and recommended for everyone else."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

"Moskos provides readers with an inside look into being a cop, just as Ted Conover (Newjack) gave readers an inside look into being a prison guard. Both books are equally compelling. Moskos, like Conover, became an insider. . . . Moskos writes with clarity, compassion, insight, and knowledge."--Choice

"Cop In The Hood, by Peter Moskos offers readers a riveting insight on experience as a police officer in Baltimore, Maryland's crime infested eastern district. . . . The insight of the author coupled with the actual quotes of real police officers provides the reader with an exceptional view of police behaviors and the day-to-day obstacles that officers face while policing the communities they patrol."--Monica J. Massey, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today

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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments ix
CHAPTER 1: The Departed 1
CHAPTER 2: Back to School: The Police Academy 19
CHAPTER 3: New Jack: Learning to Do Drugs 38
CHAPTER 4: The Corner: Life on the Streets 64
CHAPTER 5: 911 Is a Joke 89
CHAPTER 6: Under Arrest: Discretion in the Ghetto 111
CHAPTER 7: Prohibition: Al Capone's Revenge 158
EPILOGUE: School Daze 184
Policing Green 197
Notes 213
Bibliography 233
Index 257

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