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Extremism in the Police
A Reference Handbook
by Carla Lewandowski and Jeff Bumgarner
February 2024, 350pp, 6 x 9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7931-9
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In 2006, the FBI released a classified report that sounded the alarm regarding the infiltration of law enforcement by anti-government and white supremacist extremists. It took another 15 years and the January 6 riot at the Capitol for the document to become publicly available.

A comprehensive and even-handed summary of historical and contemporary perspectives on ideological extremism in law enforcement and its wider impacts on American society.

This volume features a mix of narrative overview, biographies, essay perspectives, and a helpful guide to other resources to assist the reader in understanding the contemporary problem of extremism in American law enforcement. Written by experts in the criminal justice field, the authors draw from various sources to highlight for the reader the extent, motivations, causes, and dangers of ideological extremism in the ranks of the nation’s police, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities. In addition, it discusses reforms that have been proposed—and in some cases implemented—to combat the problem, including measures introduced in other countries.

Providing wide-ranging, evenhanded, and comprehensive coverage, this one-stop resource contains everything students need to know to understand the issue’s many dimensions—as well as the ramifications of extremism in the police ranks of the communities that police officers are sworn to serve and protect.


  • Includes a wide range of graphs, charts, and primary documents offering different contextual vantage points for students to gain a fuller understanding of police extremism
  • Suggests remedies based on other countries' experience with extremism in policing
  • Offers a variety of perspectives on the issue of extremism in police ranks from practitioner and scholar points-of-view
  • Solely dedicated to the topic of extremism in policing
Carla Lewandowski, PhD, is associate professor of law and justice studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She is co-editor of ABC-CLIO's Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections.

Jeff Bumgarner, PhD is professor of criminal justice at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, and a former law enforcement officer. He is the author or co-author of several books, including ABC-CLIO's Profiling and Criminal Justice in America.

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