Reference Shelf: Policing in 2020
Law enforcement is one of the most difficult, challenging, and controversial roles in American society. This volume of The Reference Shelf looks at the challenges facing police, from funding and staffing shortages to the influence of political polarization. The changing public perception of police and calls for reform will also be examined. The controversial “Defund the Police” and “Black Lives Matter” protests against police brutality will be covered, while other articles will explore policing and immigration enforcement, mental health and de-escalation training, and law enforcement during civil rights protests. Also explored will be the ways in which the onset of COVID-19 has changed policing and how these changes might impact the future of policing after the pandemic.