Dr. Ni He is currently Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. He is also the author of Reinventing the Wheel: Marx, Durkheim and Comparative Criminology (Austin & Winfield, 1999).
2006 0-7734-5708-9 Examines the reciprocal relationship between Finnish culture and Finnish policing. Cultural values, socio-economic and political backgrounds are used as the foundation to explain how the police work in Finland. Unlike many nations, the Finns consistently rank their police force as the most trustworthy among all the public institutions. In turn, the police benefit from a progressive culture in which tolerance, justice, and equality are highly practiced virtues. Through the lens of culture the authors focus on studying both the organization and the crafts of policing in Finland in contrast to police practices in the United States and elsewhere. The history, structure and functions of the Finnish police as well as the street practices are presented, vividly based on extensive fieldwork and personal interviews. This book will contribute to our understanding of why a society gets the police it deserves.