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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."

Published: Princeton University Press on Aug 3, 2009
ISBN: 9781400832262
List price: $16.95
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This is a true story, written as a long research case by a sociologist associated with Harvard. However, it reads as not academic at all, more like a true-life account and stories from the author's year of being a real police officer posted in the ghetto of East Baltimore. The author seems really likeable, and he takes the reader the chronological process of police academy, then being the green rookie, to being a more experienced cop who's seen most kind of 911 and 311 calls. He has some really funny anecdotes, especially when he describes and quotes the other policemen and policewomen in his unit. There's a story about an officer who had a brief strategy of making every possible bicycle arrest that is so funny it may make you cry. Unfortunately, the book veers off at the end with an entire history of Prohibition in this country (which should be titled Prof in the Classroom, not Cop in the Hood) and then the author's views about legalizing drugs. While this doesn't ruin the book, it definitely makes an otherwise enjoyable, funny, stark and education read into a political book.read more
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This is a true story, written as a long research case by a sociologist associated with Harvard. However, it reads as not academic at all, more like a true-life account and stories from the author's year of being a real police officer posted in the ghetto of East Baltimore. The author seems really likeable, and he takes the reader the chronological process of police academy, then being the green rookie, to being a more experienced cop who's seen most kind of 911 and 311 calls. He has some really funny anecdotes, especially when he describes and quotes the other policemen and policewomen in his unit. There's a story about an officer who had a brief strategy of making every possible bicycle arrest that is so funny it may make you cry. Unfortunately, the book veers off at the end with an entire history of Prohibition in this country (which should be titled Prof in the Classroom, not Cop in the Hood) and then the author's views about legalizing drugs. While this doesn't ruin the book, it definitely makes an otherwise enjoyable, funny, stark and education read into a political book.
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