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The Law Enforcement Handbook, 4th Edition

  • Desmond Rowland
  • James Bailey
  • Stephen Rowland
  • ISBN-10: 0176501274
  • ISBN-13: 9780176501273
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 1999, 1991, 1983
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

The Law Enforcement Handbook is designed to provide the basic grounding a police officer requires to perform effectively while carrying out the duties of a patrol officer or criminal investigator. Because the division between patrol and investigative duties varies considerably among police forces, and may not exist in smaller departments, the author has taken a comprehensive approach that follows the officer from the initial stop of a suspect on the street to testimony in court. This book can be used as a core text for recruit training, as a handbook for more experienced officers, as a training manual for security personnel without prior police experience, or as a resource book in university police science courses. A thorough mastery of the material presented in this book will provide the information required to handle virtually all normal police duties, up to and including major criminal investigations. This book, written by a former police officer, takes a practical approach to the police profession and is designed to provide detailed information and quick reference access.

Table of Contents


Part One: Patrol
Chapter 1: Working the Streets
I: Introduction
II: Preparation for Patrol Duties
III: Working Your Patrol Area
IV: Street Knowledge
V: Developing Your Powers of Observation
VI: Checking Business Premises
VII: Investigating Suspicious Persons
VIII: Dealing with Suspicious Situations
IX: Reducing Public Hazards

Chapter 2: On the Record
I: Notebooks
II: Reports
III: Obtaining Information

Chapter 3: Responding to Emergencies
I: Approaching Emergency Situations
II: Approaching Accident Scenes
III: Approaching Crime Scenes
IV: Homicide and Other Violent Crimes

Chapter 4: Stopping and Searching Vehicles
I: Introduction
II: Procedures
III: The General Vehicle Stop
IV: The High-Risk Stop
V: Checking the Driver
VI: Searching the Suspect Vehicle
VII: Abandoned Vehicles

Chapter 5: Traffic Accident Investigation
I: Introduction
II: Launching an Accident Investigation
III: Conducting the Accident Investigation
IV: Completing the Accident Investigation
V: Investigating Hit-and-Run Accidents
VI: Accidents Causing Death or Serious Injury

Chapter 6: Hazards and Disasters
I: General Procedures
II. Fallen Wires
III: Fires
IV: Explosives
V: Ice Storms
VI: Dangerous Gases and Chemicals
VII: Radioactive Materials
VIII: Aircraft Accidents

Chapter 7: Fighting Terrorism
I: Introduction
II: The Nature of Terrorism
III: Terrorism Defined
IV: Identifying Possible Terrorists
V: Patrol Officer’s Responsibilities
VI: Likely Terrorist Targets
VII: What Is Likely to Happen During an Attack

Chapter 8: Street Psychology
I: Domestic Gun Calls
II: Family Disputes
III: Hostage Situations
IV: Nuisance Offences

Chapter 9: Community Policing
I: Introduction
II: The Principles and Practices of Community Policing
III: Building Community Partnerships
IV: Officer Qualifications
V: Skills and Training Required
VI: Community Policing Tactics
VII: Measuring Success
VIII: Benefits of Community Policing

Part Two: Criminal Investigation
Chapter 10: Suspect Interviews
II:Prerequisites for a Successful Interview
III:Conducting the Interview
IV:The Type A Suspect
V:The Type B Suspect
VI:Post-Interview Procedures

Chapter 11: The Crime Scene
I: Introduction
II: The Crime Scene
III: The Search for Evidence
IV: Latent Fingerprint Evidence
V: Clothing as Evidence

Chapter 12: Forensic Science
I: Introduction
II: Documents
III: Firearms
IV: Toolmark Evidence
V: Blood
VI: Seminal Stains
VII: Blunt Trauma
VIII: Hairs and Fibres
IX: Soils and Plant Materials
X: Metals
XI: Wood
XII: Paint
XIII: Glass
XIV: Drugs and Poisons
XV: Shoe Prints and Tire Treads
XVI: Fire Accelerants

Chapter 13: Major Case Management
II:Characteristics of a Major Case
III:Principal Goals of Major Case Investigations
IV: Controlling the Investigation
V: Information Control
VI: Sources of Information
VII: External Communications
VIII: Identification of Suspects
IX: Modus Operandi Analysis
X: Psychological Profiling

Chapter 14: Raids and Searches
I: Introduction
II: Planning a Raid
III: Conducting the Raid
IV: Evidence: Looking for Possible Places of Concealment
V: Investigating Drug Operations: A Special Case

Chapter 15: Surveillance
I: Introduction
II: Preparation for Surveillance
III: Types of Foot Surveillance
IV: Surveillance Tactics
V: Automobile Surveillance
VI: Fixed Surveillance

Chapter 16: Internal Theft Investigation
I: Introduction
II: Investigation of Internal Thefts
III: Prevention Techniques

Chapter 17: Crime by Computer
I: Introduction
II: Types of Computer Crime
III: Warning Signs of Financial Computer Crime
IV: Examples of Computer-Crime Techniques
V: Methods of Access
VI: Profile of the Computer Criminal
VII: Countermeasures
VIII: Computer-Crime Investigation

Chapter 18: In the Witness Box
I:Preparing for Court
II:In Court

Part Three: Personal Challenges
Chapter 19: Ethics
I: Introduction
II: Personal Factors Underlying Ethical Decisions
III: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

Chapter 20: Job Stress
I: Introduction
II: The Causes and Effects of Stress
III: Symptoms of Negative Stress Reaction (Burnout)
IV: Preventative Action

Appendix A: Key Word Chart—Suspect Descriptions
Appendix B: WHMIS Classes and Hazard Symbols
Appendix C: Commonly Used Drugs Chart
Appendix D: Blood Patterns and Direction
Appendix E: Types of Impact
Appendix F: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

List of Illustrations

1: Sample Notebook Page,
2: A High-Risk Stop,
3: Druggist’s Fold,
4: Components of a Cartridge,
5: Rifling,
6: Shotshells,
7: Bullet Direction,
8: Identification Form,
9: One-Person Surveillance,
10: Three-Person Surveillance,

List of Photographs

1: Traffic Accident Investigation,
2: Airplane Accident Scene,
3: Domestic Violence Scene,
4: Footprints,
5: Fingerprints,
6: Clothing as Evidence,
7: Firearm Tattooing,
8: Blood Scene (Wall),
9: Blunt Force Trauma,
10: Arson Scene,
11: Drug Bust,

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest trends in policing.
  • Photos have been added to illustrate topics such as Traffic Accident Investigation, Airplane Accident Scene, Domestic Violence Scene, Footprints, Fingerprints, Clothing as Evidence, Firearm Tattooing, Blood Scene (Wall), Blunt Force Trauma, Arson Scene, and Drug Busts.
  • An expanded appendix section that includes new material on WHMIS Classes and Hazard Symbols, Blood Patterns and Direction, and Types of Impact.
  • New Chapter 7: Fighting Terrorism.