TNCC Faculty David Coffey Releases Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century

Published: May 21, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College Criminal Justice faculty, David Coffey has released the second edition of Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century, a book he co-authored with University of Illinois Criminal Justice faculty, Tom Dempsey. Coffey is also Program Head for the Administration of Justice and Legal programs at Thomas Nelson Community College.

Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century identifies and thoroughly examines the entry-level training topics that are of utmost importance in the career of a law enforcement officer. The book is the result of research conducted by Coffey and Dempsey in 40 states during which they identified the similarities of entry level law enforcement education and training. This edition of the book includes current case law and changes that have occurred legally in a post 9-11 environment.

With a focus on the issues most covered in entry-level courses, the book is divided into four parts: Policing as a Profession; Crime: Occurrence, Substance and Procedure; Patrol Operations; and Defensive Skills and Protection of Life. Chapter summaries have also been included to help students review the material for discussions and exams. The book is available for purchase online through

Coffey has been a faculty member teaching Criminal Justice and Legal classes at Thomas Nelson Community College since 1996. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife Christina and son Matt who currently attends Lafayette High School. His older son Sean is a junior at Radford University.

Coffey is originally from Los Angeles, California where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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