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Oxford University Press: Blackstone's Police Books 2010
Blackstone's Police Sergeants' & Inspectors' Mock Examination Paper 2011
Edition: 2011 Seventh Edition
Format: Paperback
Author: Paul Connor
ISBN: 978-0-19-959539-6
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: 21st Oct 2010
 
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Designed in an exam format with 150 type A questions based on all areas of the 2011 syllabus
Includes a separate Answer Booklet with full explanations and cross-references to the NPIA endorsed Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011, as well as a helpful marking matrix
Fully revised and updated for the 2011 syllabus with revised and new questions on key areas including the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the Policing and Crime Act 2009, the Children and Young Persons Act, and the consolidated Criminal Procedure Rules 2010
The 2011 edition includes 40 new questions focussing on recent changes in the law
This revised and updated Blackstone's Police Sergeants' Mock Examination Paper 2011 helps candidates prepare for their OSPRE Part 1 multiple-choice examination. The book is designed in an exam format with questions across the syllabus to be answered in 3 hours.
 
Like the exam, the book is A4 and is split into two handy sections, one containing the 150 question mock exam and answer sheet and the second containing the answers and detailed marking matrix with explanations and references to the officially endorsed Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011. The book tests students on all areas of the Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 , particularly recent legislation such as the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the Policing and Crime Act 2009, the Children and Young Persons Act, and the consolidated Criminal Procedure Rules 2010.
 
Candidates will find the book a user-friendly and valuable tool which should ensure a clearer understanding of the format and requirements of the exam.
 

This product is not endorsed by the NPIA.

Readership: Primary market is Police Constables taking the Part I Sergeant's Examination and Sergeants taking the Part I Inspector's Examination. Secondary market is police training departments, police forces and associated organisations.

Contents
Pack 1

Introduction to the Mock Examination
Instructions for Completion
Question Booklet
Answer Sheet
Pack 2
Marking Instructions and Marking Matrix
Answer Booklet

The Authors

Paul Connor, Police Training Consultant

Reviews to date

Review(s) from previous edition
 
"I really like this product. I found it extremely useful during my studies. - Mr Andrew John Staniforth (Detective Sergeant, West Yorkshire Police)

A Previous Review of Blackstone’s Mock Exam. Written in 2005

This is something that has been long been needed by candidates and the presentation of the booklet mirrors the real examination.  One candidate states, "it was a really good way of judging how quickly you have to work".  One previously successful candidate stated: “some of the questions appeared in the real exam almost word for word!”

Unlike the Q&A questions these are scenario based and give a good indication as to what a candidate may expect in the exam.  All examinations demand some "technique" and Police promotion examinations are no exception; therefore, to have a document that reflects the reality of the exam allowing officers to scope and practice their technique is long overdue.  The myth of OSPRE is finally unravelling, revealing a process that is passable given a huge amount of personal and professional application.

The marking system is easy to use and the marking guide can be copied to allow the candidate to have several attempts and to revisit wrong answers allowing for an improvement in their speed/technique.

Described as "invaluable" and "a must" by officers; well worth the outlay.

Inspector Alexandra Harrington

Operations Training Manager

Kent Police College


Blackstone's Police Q&A: Four Volume Pack 2011
Edition: 9th
Format: Paperback
Author: Huw Smart and John Watson
ISBN: 978-0-19-959243-2
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £54.99, Pack of 4
Publication Date: 12th August 2010
 
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Essential practice material for all police sitting the Part 1 promotion examinations Published annually with the Blackstone's Police Manuals - completely up to date with the police promotion examination syllabus Fully revised and updated for 2011 to include questions on the Policing and Crime Act 2009 and the Children and Young Persons Act, as well as Drinking Banning Orders, Violent Offender Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders
Designed to be used alongside the Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 with references to the relevant paragraph number in the related Manual
Provides full explanations of answers and a handy question checklist for students to highlight any gaps or weaknesses in their knowledge
Written by experienced and highly successful question writers Systematic arrangement of information and materials offers exceptional clarity
Common-sense indexing and essential cross-referencing

New to this edition

Increased number of questions allowing for optimum revision opportunities
Fully revised and updated for 2011 to include questions on the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the Policing and Crime Act 2009, the Children and Young Persons Act, as well as Drinking Banning Orders, Violent Offender Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders
Designed to mirror the best-selling Blackstone's Police Manuals, this series is written by experienced question writers. Each Q&A book contains hundreds of multiple-choice questions designed to reinforce knowledge and understanding of all four Police Manuals, and to highlight any gaps or weaknesses in that knowledge. Following subjects in the same sequence as the Manuals and drawing upon the relevant text, the Blackstone's Police Q&As 2011 are essential revision tools for all police officers sitting the Sergeant's Part 1 promotion examinations.
The 2011 editions of this popular series contain important updates, reflecting changes to the 2011 versions of the Blackstone's Police Manuals. Each book is fully cross-referenced to the relevant Manual and contains a question checklist to mark the answers. All titles have been updated to include new questions in line with changes to recent legislation, including the Policing and Crime Act 2009 and the Children and Young Persons Act, as well as Drinking Banning Orders, Violent Offender Orders and Youth Rehabilitation Orders.

The titles in the series are: Crime Q&A 2011, Evidence & Procedure Q&A 2011, Road Policing Q&A 2011, and General Police Duties Q&A 2011.
This product is not endorsed by the NPIA.
Readership: Part 1 police promotions examination candidates; police officers; police trainers.
Contents (Volumes)

Blackstone's Police Q&A: Crime 2011
Blackstone's Police Q&A: Evidence and Procedure 2011
Blackstone's Police Q&A: Road Policing 2011
Blackstone's Police Q&A: General Police Duties 2011

The Authors

Huw Smart, Chief Inspector, South Wales Police, and John Watson, Serving police officer and qualified police trainer


A History of Policing in England and Wales from 1974
A Turbulent Journey
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Timothy Brain
ISBN: 978-0-19-921866-0
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £39.99
Publication Date: 18th March 2010
 

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Provides an engaging and descriptive chronology of policing from 1974 to the present day
Written by a former chief constable, providing the professional insight of someone involved in policing for much of the period
Offers a thoroughly researched historical analysis -the first detailed history of the entire period
Vividly describes the major events from policing the Miners' Strike of 1984 to the impact of major crime investigations such as the Yorkshire Ripper
Examines the key events and policies that shaped the police service during the period
Explores the themes of social stability, the professionalization of policing, community relations, centralisation and police reform
In 1974 local government reforms became the catalyst for the introduction of a new police service structure, creating 43 separate forces under a new tripartite system. The years since then represent one of the most profoundly turbulent periods of British political, economic and social life. It was a time of great change, and the police service was at the very centre of those changes. Today the service is only superficially recognisable as the one which entered the final quarter of the 20th Century.
 
A History of Policing in England and Wales from 1974: The Turbulent Years offers a detailed and descriptive chronology of the period, exploring the key themes of order and social stability, the professionalization of the police service, centralization, the dynamics of police community relations, and the 'reform' programmes of the Thatcher, Major and Blair administrations, in particular charting the failure of the Charles Clarke drive for amalgamations in 2005/6.
 
Written by a former chief constable involved in policing throughout much of the period, the book vividly describes the great events of the time, including the threat and ultimate defeat of IRA terrorism; the urban riots of the 1980s; major crime investigations - such as the 'Yorkshire Ripper', the West Case, and the Soham murders - and their lasting impact; the controversial policing of the 1984 Miners' Strike; and the return of terrorism to the British mainland in 2005.

Readership:

The primary markets will be police officers, policing academics, students on police foundation courses and police studies students. It will also be of interest to students and researchers of general 20th century history, criminal justice studies, criminology, politics, public administration and policy development. It will also sell into university and police force libraries.

Contents

I: 1974
II: The Struggle for Stability: 1975-1979
III: Fracture: 1980-1985
IV: 'A bloody good hiding': 1985
V: Nadir: 1986-1989
VI: The Crucible of Recovery: 1989-1990
VII: Police Reform 1 - the Conservatives: 1991-1993
VIII: Police Reform 2 - the Conservatives: 1993-1997
IX: New Labour and the police: 1997-2001
X: Police reform revived: 2001-2005
XI: Damocles unbound: 2005-2007
XII: A tale of two winters: 2007-2009
XIII: Reflection

Review

This is a journey that the author and I have only travelled a part of, thus part of what we know is fact and the rest hearsay, or from official documents. The Bibliography is very extensive.

Together we cover in total the years 1968 until 2010. The title confirms that it is a history from 1974 and the author tells us that he did not join the service until 1978, by which time I was a Sergeant having spent eight years on very poor pay, walking the streets learning my trade.

Many of us will remember that during the years leading up to the Edmond- Davies Report, the service lost very many good officers because they simply couldn't survive on the low pay, many borrowed from families and asked the state for help.

Whatever the title of the book may convey, it wasn't all a turbulent journey, much was happy and fulfilling in spite of the fact that we who remained put up with poor pay, demonstrations with no protective clothing, years of daily bomb scares and the real ones such as 'Old Bailey' (8 March 1973). According to the publication 'City of London Police, 150 Years of Service 1839-1989' the number of bomb calls in the City of London in 1973 were 2,417, 5 of which were genuine. There were endless journeys to Court (pre CPS and PACE) with the Policewomen finally joining us on the front line when equal pay came in.

This is of course a brief look at the overall Police history and as such a very well-researched result. However, “if you want to know the time ask a Policeman”, or put another way “If you want to know what really happened ask a Beat Bobby” because good as the book is, it is a history book of facts, or as the author calls it a narrative: the author cannot convey the real feelings of those who struggled through at ground level; he had the benefit of being a Graduate Entrant knowing that he would be promoted to Inspector after 5 years service. We all have a story to tell and the fact is the author does present us with an extremely well-researched book of much of the official events in the Police Service during those years and whatever my (or any other reader's) personal memories or indeed the collective memory of us all, it is a must for Police historians and force libraries (if such a thing still exists in these days of cuts).

The author is careful in places not to express too strong an opinion of what might be considered controversial. On page 40 he says:-

'Many politicians and members of the public wanted to see the return in real life of Dixon of Dock Green…. Others, mainly in London and often further to the left, wanted to see specific measures such as the disbanding of the SPG and Special Branch, and repeal of section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824, the last of symbolic significance. Section 4 made it an offence to be 'a suspected person or reputed thief' to 'frequent or loiter' in public places with intent to commit an arrestable offence. Although passed originally to control political and social unrest following the Napoleonic Wars, the Act applied throughout England and Wales, but only had real effect in the Metropolitan Police area, where it was aligned to section 66 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, ( section 48 City of London Police Act 1839) which gave constables a power to stop, search, and detain persons suspected of having stolen goods on them. These were powerful legislative tools to place in the discretion of individual constables, and many believed section 4 was being used excessively and as an instrument of social control rather than crime prevention. There is little doubt that in the Metropolitan Police area 'sus' was lawful and useful; it was equally clear that it was disproportionately applied to young Afro-Caribbean men and bitterly resented in a way of which the majority white population was unaware, or perhaps did not comprehend. A campaign was launched to achieve its repeal, its chair being a young black solicitor called Paul Boateng.'

The fact is that whatever the author may have been told about s. 66 and the Metropolitan Police Act, the exact same law, viz , s. 48 of the City of Police Act 1839 existed , which read

Section 48.

Any person found committing (a) any offence punishable either upon indictment or as a misdemeanour upon summary conviction, by virtue of this Act (b), may be taken into custody without a warrant by any constable, or may be apprehended by the owner of the property on or with respect to which the offence shall be committed, or by his servant or any person authorized by him, and may be detained until he can be delivered into the custody of a constable to be dealt with according to law; and every constable may also stop, search, and detain any vessel, boat, cart, or carriage in or upon which there shall be reason to suspect that anything stolen or unlawfully obtained may be found, and also any person who may be reasonably suspected of having or conveying in any manner anything stolen or unlawfully obtained (c), [and any person to whom any property shall be offered to be sold, pawned, or delivered, if he shall have reasonable cause to suspect that any offence has been committed with respect to such property, or that the same or any part thereof -has been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained, is hereby authorised, and if in his power is required, to apprehend and detain and as soon as may be to deliver such offender into the custody of a constable, together with such property, to be dealt with according to law.] (d)

NOTES as written in the City of London Police Force Order Supplement.
(a) This provision applies only where the offender is actually in the course of committing the offence and it is necessary to arrest him in order to prevent the continuance of it (Simmons v. Millingen, 2 C.B. 524).

(b) The Commissioner is advised that the full effect of the words "punishable either upon indictment or as a misdemeanour upon summary conviction by virtue of this Act" is that a Constable may arrest a person he finds committing an "offence punishable upon indictment," whether by virtue of any statute or the Common Law. The words "or as a misdemeanour upon summary conviction by virtue of this Act" are of no value, as there are no expressly declared misdemeanours punishable on summary conviction under the Act; and section 44 is in any case sufficient for this purpose. The wording was taken from the Metropolitan Police Act, 1839, section 66, apparently without regard to the fact that whereas the Metropolitan Police Act creates several offences expressly declared to be misdemeanours (e.g. sections 26 to 32 inclusive), the City Police Act does not.

(c) The power of police to stop, search and detain, can only be exercised in streets or public places (Hadley v. Perks L.R., 1, Q.B. 444), but if a person is seen carrying goods in the street and the Constable immediately follows him into premises he may there exercise the powers provided by this part of this section. (R. v. Fisher 32, L.T.22, and 39, J.P.612). This section does not create an offence, e.g. of "unlawful possession." (See Section 22, Theft Act, 1968 re "Handling Stolen Goods").

(d) Part in brackets must now be regarded as inoperative, as identical wording in Sec. 66 Metropolitan Police Act, 1839, was repealed by Theft Act, 1968.

All City of London stations had a stop book and all “stops” under any legislation were entered in the officer's pocket book and then ASAP in the stop book at the station. This book was meticulously examined every morning by the Chief Superintendent/Superintendent and I was never aware that it was disproportionately applied to young Afro-Caribbean men in the City.

The fact is this is a difficult book to read in one respect. If you were there each chapter jogs a memory and you are tempted as I was to fill in any gaps, such as in my case during the Miners Strike of 1984/85, I was involved with 'Stop the City' which in the City of London was a big event not mentioned in the book. There were thousands of arrests and prosecutions and other forces assisted us. Hundreds of arrest warrants for non-appearance were issued and a small special unit was set up to deal with all aspects of it. Other than that one can sit and linger for a while in some chapters reliving it and for that I thank the author for the good memories: as for the bad, that is history.

If you weren't a Policeman you can find out what we did, if you were one of those who left in the 60s look at what you missed and there is of course the pension!

Rob Jerrard


Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 4: General Police Duties 2011
Edition: Thirteenth Edition
Format: Paperback
Authors: Glenn Hutton and Gavin McKinnon
Paul Connor
ISBN: 978-0-19-959123-7
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: 12th August 2010
 
Publisher's Title Information

The only official study guides for the OSPRE Part 1 Police Promotion Examinations in England and Wales, endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency
The exam is based exclusively on the contents of the Blackstone's Police Manuals, making them an essential investment for candidates
Fully revised and updated for 2010 with new case law and legislation, including the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, and revised material on Police Powers, with new, separate chapters on Stop and Search, and Entry, Search and Seizure powers
Each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
Keynotes break up statutory text and common law, providing clear and concise analysis of important areas
Comprehensive cross-referencing with other Blackstone's Police Manuals to make revision easier
Systematic arrangement of information and materials offers exceptional clarity
Common-sense indexing and essential cross-referencing

New to this edition

Fully revised and updated for 2010 with new case law and legislation, including the Children and Young Persons Act, as well as Drinking Banning, Violent Offender and Youth Rehabilitation Orders, along with revised material on Police Powers, with new, separate chapters on Stop and Search and Entry, Search and Seizure powers.
New content on banning orders for drinking, violent offender and youth rehabiliation orders
Blackstone's Police Manuals are the leading police reference texts in the UK. In addition to being the only official study guides for the police promotion examinations in England and Wales, and a recognised text for student police officers, the Manuals have established themselves as the definitive reference sources for all who have involvement with police law and procedure. Written in consultation with police forces across England and Wales, the Manuals are endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency, for OSPRE Part 1 Promotion Examinations.
 
Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 4: General Police Duties 2011 covers all aspects of police duties from a police officer's perspective. It has been fully updated for 2011 to incorporate all recent legislative developments including the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, and banning orders for drinking, violent offender and youth rehabilitation orders. There is also revised material on Police Powers, with new, separate chapters on Stop and Search; and Entry, Search and Seizure powers. Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
 
The Manuals continue to be the most accessible, relevant, and focussed revision materials for Promotion Examinations. They are widely used in the professional development of police officers in a variety of roles making them essential reading for anyone with an interest in police and criminal law. Whether you are a serving police officer or police trainer, a practitioner, advisor, or researcher, Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 are an essential purchase. The other three titles in the series are: Volume 1: Crime 2011, Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure 2011, Volume 3: Road Policing 2011.

Contents

<4.1: Police
4.2: Complaints and Misconduct
4.3: Unsatisfactory Performance and Attendance
4.4: Extending the Police Family
4.5: Human Rights
4.6: Policing Powers and Powers of Arrest
4.7: Stop and Search
4.8: Entry, Search and Seizure
4.9: Harrasment, Hostility, and Anti-social Behaviour
4.10: Offences Involving Communications
4.11: Terrorism and Associated Offences
4.12: Public Disorder
4.13: Sporting Events
4.14: Weapons
4.15: Civil Disputes
4.16: Offences relating to Land and Premises
4.17: Licensing and Offences relating to Alcohol, and Gambling
4.18: Offences and Powers relating to Information
4.19: Diversity, Discrimination and Equality

The Authors

Glenn Hutton, Private assessment and examination consultant, and Gavin McKinnon, Chief Superintendent and Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at the National Policing Improvement Agency, Paul Connor, Police Training Consultant

Preface

The Blackstone's Police Manuals are the only official study guides for the OSPRE Part I Police Promotion Examinationsif the law is not in the Manuals, it will not be in the exams.
All the Manuals include explanatory keynotes and case law examples, providing clear and incisive analysis of important areas. As well as covering basic law and procedure they take full account of the PACE Codes of Practice and human rights implications. They can also be used as a training resource for police probationers, special constables and PCSOs, or as an invaluable reference tool for police staff of all ranks and positions.
By its very nature, policing covers a wide and widening range of activities. As society gets more complex and demanding, so too does the job of those who police it. Add to that the enormous political dimension, and it is no surprise that the legislative framework governing policing delivery has grown in depth and breadth. As a result, General Police Duties necessarily contains a wide range of powers, offences and considerations. Some parts of this Manual govern the practical application of the others in the seriesan example is the Human Rights Act 1998 and the restrictions it places on the use of policing powers generally. Other areas involve the general powers of police constables and their CSO colleagues, the constitution of the police, the National Policing Plan, and the provisions governing misconduct and complaints. To that extent the areas of this Manual are absolutely fundamental to the effective delivery of policing across England and Wales.
The Manual also covers other areas of policing such as anti-social behaviour, harassment, public order and terrorism, weapons and knife crime, civil disputes, offences relating to land and premises, licensing, offences and powers relating to information, and diversity, discrimination and equality.
The 2011 edition has been edited and updated to incorporate all recent legislative changes and the revised PACE Codes of Practice. The legislation containing significant changes to the contents of the Manual includes the Police and Justice Act 2006, the Serious Crime Act 2007, the Counter-terrorism Act 2008, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Policing and Crime Act 2009, the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and the Crime and Security Act 2010.
In addition to the very rapid and extensive changes in the law, these features mean that General Police Duties covers a lot of ground.
The aim of this Manual is to take this shifting and growing body of national and European law and analyse the essential elements in a practical and pragmatic contextwithout losing the specific meaning and applicability along the way. If we have achieved that, it is thanks to the contributions of the many police officers and staff, lawyers and practitioners who have helped in the development of this Manual, now in its thirteenth edition; if we haven't, it is not for the want of trying.
Oxford University Press are always happy to receive any useful written feedback from any reader on the content and style of the Manual, especially from those involved in or with the criminal justice system. Please email this address with any comments or queries: police.uk@oup.com.
The law is stated as at 1 June 2010.


Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 3: Road Policing 2011
Edition: Thirteenth Edition
Format: Paperback
Authors: Simon Cooper and Michael Orme
Paul Connor
ISBN: 978-0-19-959122-0
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: 12th august 2010
 
Publisher's Title Information

The only official study guides for the OSPRE Part 1 Police Promotion Examinations in England and Wales, endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency
The exam is based exclusively on the contents of the Blackstone's Police Manuals, making them an essential investment for candidates
Fully revised and updated for 2011 to incorporate all recent developments under the Road Safety Act 2006, as well as recent case law decisions
Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered
Keynotes break up statutory text and common law, providing clear and concise analysis of important areas
Comprehensive cross-referencing with other Blackstone's Police Manuals to make revision easier
Systematic arrangement of information and materials offers exceptional clarity
Common-sense indexing and essential cross-referencing

New to this edition

Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
Blackstone's Police Manuals are the leading police reference texts in the UK. In addition to being the only official study guides for the police promotion examinations in England and Wales, and a recognised text for student police officers, the Manuals have established themselves as the definitive reference sources for all who have involvement with police law and procedure. Written in consultation with police forces across England and Wales, the Manuals are endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency, for OSPRE Part 1 Promotion Examinations.
 
Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 3: Road Policing 2011 covers all aspects of road traffic law from a police officer's perspective. The 2011 edition has been fully updated to incorporate all recent developments under the Road Safety Act 2006, as well as recent case law decisions. Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
 
The Manuals continue to be the most accessible, relevant, and focussed revision materials for Promotion Examinations. They are widely used in the professional development of police officers in a variety of roles making them essential reading for anyone with an interest in police and criminal law. Whether you are a serving police officer or police trainer, a practitioner, advisor, or researcher, Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 are an essential purchase. The other three titles in the series are: Volume 1: Crime 2011, Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure 2011, and Volume 4: General Police Duties 2011.

Readership: Primary: Police officers taking the sergeants and inspectors OSPRE promotion examination. Secondary: IPLDP student officers; qualified and serving police officers and police trainers.

Contents

3.1: Classifications and Concepts
3.2: Offences Involving Standards of Driving
3.3: Notices of Intended Prosecutions
3.4: Accidents and Collisions
3.5: Drink, Drugs and Driving
3.6: Insurance
3.7: Protection of Drivers and Passengers
3.8: Highways and Safety Measures
3.8: Other Measures Affecting Safety
3.9: Construction and Use
3.10: Driver Licensing
3.11: Fixed Penalty System
3.12: Forgery and Falsification of Documents

The Authors

Simon Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Salford, and Michael Orme, Former Road Traffic Policing Officer with Greater Manchester Police


Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure 2011
Edition: Thirteenth Edition
Format: Paperback
Authors: David Johnston and Glenn Hutton
Paul Connor
ISBN: 978-0-19-959121-3
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: 12th august 2010
 
Publisher's Title Information

The only official study guides for the OSPRE Part 1 Police Promotion Examinations in England and Wales and endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency
The exam is based exclusively on the contents of the Blackstone's Police Manuals, making them an essential investment for candidates
Fully revised and updated for 2011 with new case law, and legislation including updates to the Criminal Procedure Amendment Rules, Youth Rehabilitation Orders and revised material on custody officers and bail
Includes Achieving Best Evidence guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses and using special measures
Each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
Written and developed for police officers by police officers - targeted directly at the needs of the police
Keynotes break up statutory text and common law, providing clear and concise analysis of important areas
Comprehensive cross-referencing with other Blackstone's Police Manuals to make revision easier
Systematic arrangement of information and materials offers exceptional clarity
Common-sense indexing and essential cross-referencing

New to this edition

The 2011 edition has been fully updated and revised to cover essential new legislation, including updates to the Criminal Procedure Amendment Rules, Youth Rehabilitation Orders and revised material on custody officers and bail
Blackstone's Police Manuals are the leading police reference texts in the UK. In addition to being the only official study guides for the police promotion examinations in England and Wales, and a recognised text for student police officers, the Manuals have established themselves as the definitive reference sources for all who have involvement with police law and procedure. Written in consultation with police forces across England and Wales, the Manuals are endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency, for OSPRE Part 1 Promotion Examinations.
 
Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure: 2011 covers all aspects of evidence law and procedure from a police officer's perspective. It has been fully revised and updated for 2011 with new case law and legislation, including updates to the Criminal Procedure Amendment Rules, Youth Rehabilitation orders and revised material on custody officers and bail. Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
 
The Manuals continue to be the most accessible, relevant, and focussed revision materials for Promotion Examinations. The Manuals are widely used in the professional development of police officers in a variety of roles, making them essential reading for anyone with an interest in police and criminal law. Whether you are a serving police officer or police trainer, a practitioner, advisor, or researcher, Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 are an essential purchase. The other three titles in the series are: Volume 1: Crime 2011, Volume 3: Road Policing 2011, and Volume 4: General Police Duties 2011.
Readership: Primary: Police officers taking the sergeants and inspectors OSPRE promotion examination. Secondary: IPLDP student officers; qualified and serving police officers and police trainers.

Contents

2.1: Sources of Law
2.2: The Courts
2.3: Instituting Criminal Proceedings
2.4: Bail
2.5: Court Procedure and Witnesses
2.6: Youth Justice, Crime and Disorder
2.7: Evidence
2.8: Exclusion of Admissible Evidence
2.9: Disclosure of Evidence
2.10: Custody Officer's Duties
2.11: Identification
2.12: Interviews

The Authors

David Johnston, Barrister and Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service, and Glenn Hutton, Private assessment and examination consultant
Paul Connor, Police Training Consultant
Preface to evidence & Procedure

Preface

The Blackstone's Police Manuals are the only official study guides for OSPRE Part I Police Promotion Examinationsif the law is not in the Manuals, it will not be in the exams.
All the Manuals include explanatory keynotes and case law examples, providing clear and incisive analysis of important areas. As well as covering basic law and procedure they take full account of the PACE Codes of Practice and human rights implications. They can also be used as a training resource for police probationers, special constables and police community support officers, or as an invaluable reference tool for police staff of all ranks and positions. In relation to being used as a reference tool, this is particularly relevant to officers and others involved in the procedures connected with the custody, identification and interviews of offenders, all of which are detailed in Part III of the Manual.
The Evidence and Procedure Manual contains a wide range of activities to cover the complex and demanding legislative framework governing the increasing depth and breadth of policing delivery. In an attempt to present this shifting and growing body of national and European law the Manual has been structured in three distinct parts: Part I The Criminal Justice System; Part IIThe Law of Evidence; and Part IIIPolice Station Procedure.
This edition of the Manual includes further provisions that have been brought into force in relation to a number of statutes, including the Criminal Justice Act 2003, Serious Crime Act 2007, Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The Criminal Procedure Rules 2010 (SI 2010/60) have revoked and replaced the Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 (SI 2005/384), consolidated the numerous amendments made to the 2005 Rules and make a number of material amendments. Also note that the Supreme Court Act 1981 has now been re-named the Senior Courts Act 1981 following the commencement of the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. The most up-to-date PACE Codes of Practice are also included.
As with previous editions, the findings of the NPIA review of the most recent OSPRE examinations, together with editorial and customer feedback, have been taken into account in the revisions to the Manual.
Although every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of the Manual, neither the authors nor the publisher can accept any responsibility for any actions taken, or not taken, on the basis of the information contained within it.
Oxford University Press are always happy to receive any useful written feedback from any reader on the content and style of the Manual, especially from those involved in or with the criminal justice system. Please email this address with any comments or queries: police .uk@oup. com.
The law is stated as at 1 June 2010.


Blackstone's Police Manuals CRIME
Edition: 2011
Format: Paperback
Author: Paul Conner
ISBN: 978 0199591206
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £17.99
Publication Date: August 2010
 
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The only official study guide for the OSPRE Part 1 Police Promotion Examinations in England and Wales - endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency
The exam is based exclusively on the contents of the Blackstone's Police Manuals, making them an essential investment for candidates
Fully revised and updated for 2011 with new case law, legislation, and amendments including coverage of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Policing and Crime Act 2009
Distinguished author team of police law experts with Paul Connor and Fraser Sampson as consultant editors
Written and developed for police officers by police officers - targeted directly at the needs of the police
Keynotes by the author breaks up statutory text and common law, providing clear and concise analysis of important areas
Comprehensive cross-referencing with other Blackstone's Police Manuals to make revision easier
Systematic arrangement of information and materials offers exceptional clarity
Common-sense indexing and essential cross-referencing

New to this edition

New for 2010 - fully updated to include coverage of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Policing and Crime Act 2009
New content on the Firearms and Gun Crime
Blackstone's Police Manuals are the leading police reference texts in the UK. In addition to being the only official study guides for the police promotion examinations in England and Wales, and a recognised text for student police officers, the Manuals have established themselves as the definitive reference sources for all who have involvement with police law and procedure. Written in consultation with police forces across England and Wales, the Manuals are endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency, for OSPRE Part 1 Promotion Examinations.
 
Blackstone's Police Manual Volume 1 Crime: 2011 covers all aspects of criminal law and procedure from a police officer's perspective. The 2011 edition has been fully revised and updated to incorporate all recent legislative developments and case law, including coverage of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Policing and Crime Act 2009. The 2011 edition also includes a new section on Firearms and Gun Crime. Relevant subjects covered include Homicide, Sexual Offences, Fraud, State of Mind and Offences against the Person. Fully revised, each chapter has been made more accessible for police officers to simplify the study process and clarify the wide range of material covered.
 
The Manuals continue to be the most accessible, relevant, and focussed revision materials for Promotion Examinations. They are widely used in the professional development of police officers in a variety of roles making them essential reading for anyone with an interest in police and criminal law. Whether you are a serving police officer or police trainer, a practitioner, advisor, or researcher, Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011 are an essential purchase.
 
The other three titles in the series are: Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure 2011, Volume 3: Road Policing 2011, and Volume 4: General Police Duties 2011.

Readership: Primary: Police officers taking the sergeants and inspectors OSPRE promotion examination. Secondary: IPLDP student officers; qualified and serving police officers and police trainers.

Contents of Crime Manual

1.1: State of Mind
1.2: Criminal Conduct
1.3: Incomplete Offences and Police Investigations
1.4: General Defences
1.5: Homicide
1.6: Misuse of Drugs
1.7: Firearms and Gun Crime
1.8: Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person
1.9: Miscellaneous Offences Against the Person
1.10: Sexual Offences
1.11: Control of Sex Offenders
1.12: Child Protection
1.13: Theft and Related Offences
1.14: Fraud
1.15: Criminal Damage
1.16: Offences Against the Administration of Justice and Public Interest
1.17: Offences Arising from Immigration, Asylum and People Exploitation

The Author

Paul Connor, Police Training Consultant

Foreword

The role of a police officer has become more technical and more demanding over the last decades. To be properly qualified as a frontline officer, particularly a frontline supervisor and manager, there is a huge quantity of law, legal precedent and its interpretation that is required. Unlike a barrister, solicitor or judge, who have the books to hand or a website one click away with their mouse, a police officer frequently has to make crucial legal decisions with partial knowledge of all the facts, the pressure of time and events and the presence of a none-too-cooperative citizen. It is a testimony to the training that officers receive that they get the decisions right most of the time.

However, the training is crucially dependent on the quality of the training materials. These manuals are the product of a partnership between the National Policing Improvement Agency and Blackstone's. The NPIA has a key role in promoting learning and the development of leadership in policing. It is building on more than two decades of national expertise in supporting learning for police officers, and now has responsibility for improving every aspect of learning in policing from recruit training to the most senior ranks. Alongside Blackstone's we are committed to ensuring that the public is served by qualified, well-trained and well-led officers and police staff. These manuals are a key part of that mission.

Peter Neyroud

Preface

Many readers of the Blackstone's Police Manuals are studying for promotion examinations, either to the rank of sergeant or inspector. They may have been informed that the Manuals are overcomplicated and contain unnecessary detail; this is anything but the case. The Manuals aim to bridge the gap between the practical and theoretical worlds of policing, of the law in practice and the letter of the law. Whilst it is conceded that the law is sometimes complicated, this fact alone is not reason enough to prevent its reproduction or discussion. The law is sometimes complex because, of course, it deals with complex situations. How these Manuals differ to the standard approach taken to such issues is to provide the reader with numerous examples and pragmatic explanations, particularly in the 'Keynote' sections, of the law in action. This enables practically-minded individuals to make the connection between the law on the streets and the law as it is applied and interpreted by the courts.

All the Manuals include explanatory keynotes and case law examples, providing clear and incisive analysis of important areas. As well as covering basic law and procedure they take full account of the PACE Codes of Practice and Human Rights implications. They can also be used as a training resource for police probationers, special constables and PCSOs, or as an invaluable reference tool for police staff of all ranks and positions.
Oxford University Press are always happy to receive any useful written feedback from any reader on the content and style of the Manual, especially from those involved in or with the criminal justice system. Please email this address with any comments or queries: police.uk@oup.com.

The law is stated as at 1 June 2010.

Review

At times it is difficult to cast one's mind back to 1998 when the Manuals in this form were first published. There have always been manuals in one form or another and I can recall Baker & Wilkie, which were a set of four, followed by the Manual of Guidance which was renamed The Police Promotion Examination Manual (PPEM). The PPEM were produced by the Home Office and updated (loose-leaf) annually by the Central Planning Instructor Training Unit at Harrogate.

The task was then taken on by Blackstone Publishers who are now part of Oxford University Press. The manuals are produced in partnership with the National Police Improvement Agency and Oxford.

The object of the manuals are to provide the law, uncomplicated and accompanied by keynotes, case law examples and procedures to take full account of PACE codes of practice and human rights.

It has to be said that a thorough reading of them should provide sufficient knowledge to pass the Police promotion examination.

The contents of the Crime Manual, Volume 1, will give students a grounding of the principles of criminal law and covers, Homicide, Drugs, Firearm Offences, Offences Against the Person, Sexual Offences, Child Protection, Theft, Fraud, Criminal Damage, Offences Against the Administration of Justice and Public Interest and Immigration to list them briefly.

There are some interesting offences which my generation of Police Officers did not have to deal with, eg reprogramming mobile phones, which is contrary to an Act of 2002, others are voyeurism, Sexual Offences Act 2003, and Assault on Providers of Emergency Services, contrary to a Statute of 2006. Of course looking through the manual many of the offences remain the same, or at first glance they do, which is why the law is such a vibrant living subject, eg the Street Offences Act 1959 (Loiter or Solicit in a street or public place for the purpose of prostitution is now 'as amended by the Police and Crime Act 2009') and includes males.

The moral of this Review is therefore if you are studying for promotion (luckily I am not) it pays to be up to date and in this instance know that the term 'common prostitute' has been removed and the words 'persistently' has been inserted.

The law changes every year and if you study for Police promotion you really must have these manuals.

Rob Jerrard


Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Bryn Caless
Contributors: Barry Spruce, Jerry Bownas, Robert Underwood, and Mark Simpson
ISBN: 978-0-19-959257-9
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £24.99
Publication Date: 15th July 2010
 
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The only dedicated, up-to-date publication aimed at Specials
Structured around those areas of policing indentified in the National Strategy for the Special Constabulary 2008
Includes coverage of police powers, criminal law, crime scene management, and neighbourhood policing
Pocket-sized and portable, the book is designed to be carried by Specials on the beat
Offers an excellent outline of the criminal justice system, explaining the different courts, the Public Prosecution Service, giving evidence, and the Prison and Probation Services
Useful case studies, best practice sections, checklists and flowcharts are integrated throughout to aid understanding
Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary is a timely and comprehensive guide to the role and work of this unique group within the police force. Drawing on the new National Strategy for the Special Constabulary, it provides an invaluable, practical resource for all Special Constables, from new recruits to seasoned officers or even those who simply want to find out more about the role. It is designed as a handy reference tool for use on the job, whilst also providing a comprehensive context to policing and the criminal justice system.
 
The Handbook covers the police function of a Special Constable in chronological order, beginning with training and development, the law, police powers, and advice on professional standards. The daily encounters and experiences of a Special are explored, with expert guidance on the range of duties performed, such as Stop, Search and Entry, managing people and incidents, policing domestic violence, and working within Neighbourhood Policing Teams. There is clear operational advice on crime scene management, including preserving physical evidence, types of forensic evidence, and the role of the First Officer Attending. This approach is supported by a range of practical tools for the reader, such as boxed summaries, case studies, discussion points, flow-charts and checklists.
Readership: Special Constables, especially student special constables and those considering joining the Specials, Specials trainers and managers, regular station sergeants and inspectors responsible for specials. Various policing organizations such as the NPIA, the National Special Constabulary Association, the Home Office, force libraries and police development units.

Contents

Introduction
1: Being Special
2: Recruitment, Retention and Resilience
3: Training, Learning and Development
4: A Special Constable's Powers
5: Criminal Law
6: Deployment
7: Partnerships and Neighbourhood Policing
8: Crime Scene Management
9: The Criminal Justice System
10: Futures

The Editor and Contributors
Edited by Bryn Caless, Former Director of Training, Kent Police College
Barry Spruce, Head of the Extended Policing Family, Kent Police, Jerry Bownas, Specials Coordinator at Kent Police, Robert Underwood, Former Lecturer, Dept of Crime and Policing Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University College, and Mark Simpson, Special Constable, Kent Police
Contributors:
Barry Spruce, Head of the Extended Policing Family, Kent Police
Police Sergeant Jerry Bownas, Specials Coordinator at Kent Police
Mr Robert Underwood, Former Lecturer, Dept of Crime and Policing Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University College


Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Practice and Procedure
Edition: 2010
Format: Flexicover
Author: Edited by Clive Harfield
ISBN: 978-0-19-956101-8
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £24.99
Publication Date: August 2009
 
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Portable, highly practical reference for police officers on the beat
Draws together in one volume advice on all the main areas of police practice and procedure from issuing fixed penalty notices to dealing with the media
Contains extracts and explanations of official policy and guidance from ACPO, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the National Centre for Policing Excellence
Includes features such as boxed examples, checklists, diagrams, practical tips and flow-charts, to aid reader's grasp of important procedures and protocols
Written by experienced practitioners from forces across the UK
This practical handbook follows the successful flexicover format of Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook and is designed to complement that publication by offering guidance on good practice in core policing areas. Aimed at junior patrol officers, student officers and trainee detectives, it draws together practical advice across a wide range of police duties, along with extracts and explanations of official policy and guidance from ACPO, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the National Centre for Policing Excellence.
 
The Handbook provides guidance on a structured approach to police work based on established national principles and practices and is divided into four parts: Evidence Management, which offers advice on the capture and handling of evidence with chapters on crime scene management, disclosure, witness and victim management and court procedure; Knowledge-based Policing, which outlines the National Intelligence Model, the Police Code of Conduct, ACPO values, human rights, planning and risk management and dealing with the media; Neighbourhood Policing, which covers the principles and team structures, partnerships, problem-solving techniques and crime prevention; and Protective Services Policing which looks at the role of the first responder in major incident response, major crime, and civil contingencies.
 
Commentary is accompanied with features such as boxed examples, checklists, diagrams, practical tips and flow-charts, to aid reader's grasp of the issues.

Readership: All student officers, trainee investigators, junior patrol officers, PCSOs and Specials, police officers on foundation degree courses and police studies students. Key organizations include Force libraries, the NPIA, the Home Office, Police Authorities, FE colleges and Universities offering policing studies courses.
 

Contents
I - Evidence Management
1: Matt Ebeling: Instant Resolutions- Fixed Penalty Notices, Penalty Notices for Disorder and Cannabis Warnings
2: Robert Underwood: Scene Preservation
3: Huw Smart: Stop and Search
4: Huw Smart: Police Powers of Entry and Search
5: Nick Yellop: Identification Procedures
6: Clive Harfield: Covert Investigation
7: Kevin Smith: Witnesses
8: Paul Hughes: Disclosure & PII
9: John Watson: Court Procedure
II - Knowledge-Based Policing
10: Colin Rogers: Police Authorities
11: Colin Rogers: ACPO Values
12: Bryn Caless: Codes of Conduct
13: Clive Harfield: Human Rights
14: Bryn Caless: Knowledge Management
15: Clive Harfield: Planning & Risk Management
16: Bryn Caless: First Aid
17: Tony Cook: Media
18: Clive Harfield: The Government Protective Marking Scheme - GPMS
III - Neighbourhood Policing
19: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: The Context and Importance of Neighbourhood Policing
20: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: The Ten Principles of Neighbourhood Policing
21: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Neighbourhood Policing Teams
22: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs)
23: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Citizen Focus and Neighbourhood Policing
24: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Signal Crimes Perspective: A Practical Tool for Neighbourhood Policing
25: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Problem-Solving
26: Bryn Caless & Barry Spruce: Crime Prevention
IV - Protective Services Policing
27: Tony Cook: Major Crime and Homicide Response
28: Stan Gilmour: Serious, Organized & Cross-Border Crime
29: Andrew Staniforth: Counter-Terrorism & Extremism
30: Brian Dillon: Civil Contingencies
31: Allyson MacVean: Critical Incidents
32: Adrian Pitt: Public Order
33: Mick Doyle: Strategic Roads Policing
34: Laura Richards & Allan Aubeelack: Protecting the Public and Vulnerable Persons
 

Review
 
"For the very first time front line officers have a guide to interpreting practice and procedure across the entire policing landscapes which will serve to be a valuable addition to any officers library of resources. " - Andrew Staniforth, Detective Sergeant, North East Counter Terrorism Unit


The Politics of the Police
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert reiner
ISBN: 978-0-19-928339-
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £24.99
Publication Date: 04 March 2010
 
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Robert Reiner, regarded by many as the leading academic writer on policing, draws upon the findings of police research to provide readers with a fascinating critique of the history, sociology, and politicisation of the police.
A stimulating and insightful discussion of the debates and controversies that surround the police, the author encourages readers to engage with the subject and to question established theories and perspectives.
An extensive bibliography is provided for those keen to broaden their knowledge of policing and the research undertaken by different scholars.
An accompanying website provides updates and web links enabling readers to keep abreast of new developments between editions.
 

New to this edition
 
A new chapter on developing theory and research on policing: Watching the watchers: theory and research in policing studies
Chapter 2 on the rise and fall of police legitimacy has been expanded to suggest a third stage 'beyond legitimation'
All chapters have been heavily revised and updated to take in recent research and law and policy developments
The fourth edition of the popular and highly acclaimed Politics of the Police has been completely revised and updated to take into account of recent changes in the law, policy, and organization of policing.
 
From Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry to Life on Mars, Robert Reiner explores the highly-charged debates that surround policing, including the various controversies and developments that have led to a change in the public's opinion of the police in recent years, and analyses the proposals for reform.
 
The book sets out to analyze how the police are perceived and the impact the mass media has on the public's perception and what we can expect in the future, given current research into police working practices and proposals for reform.

Suggested Readership:
 
Undergraduate students opting to study policing modules as part of their criminology or criminal justice degrees.

Contents
Part I: Theory and research
1: Watching the watchers: theory and research in policing studies
Part II: History
2: The birth of the blues: the establishment of professional policing in Britain 1829-1856
3: Out of the blue: police legitimacy 1856-2009 - construction, deconstruction, reconstruction
Part III: Sociology of policing
4: Cop cultures
5: Demystifying the police: social research and police practice
6: Mystifying the police: the media presentation of policing
Part IV: Law and politics
7: Police powers and accountability
8: Conclusion: beyond Life on Mars: a history of the future
 

The Author
 
Robert Reiner, Professor of Criminology, London School of Economics and Political Science


Review(s) from previous edition
 
""The publication of the third edition marks an important rearticulation of the constabulary ethic and the doctrine of policing..the new encyclopaedists who follow in Reiner's wake will struggle to define the politics of policing for their time" - James Sheptycki, Durham University in Policing and Society
 
""This is a first class academic book that can be as engrossing as a novel, even for a non-expert on the subject. It will be of use to anyone who comes into contact with the police regularly and aid the understanding of anyone who has an opinion on any aspect of the police or policing."" - The Criminal Lawyer


Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2010: Law
Edition: Fourth Edition
Police National Legal Database (PNLD 2010
Format: Flexicovers
Author: Edited by Fraser Sampson
ISBN: 978-0-19-957605-0
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £22.99
Publication Date: 21 January 2010
 
Publisher's Information:
 

Portable, succinct reference for police officers on the beat
Covers over 100 different offences in the areas of general crime, assaults, drugs, sexual offences, public disorder, firearms, licensing and road traffic
Fully updated to cover all recent changes in legislation, including the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, Road Safety Act 2006, Finance Act 2008, Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Serious Crime Act 2007
Includes updates to the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, Mental Health Act 2007, and Traffic Fixed Penalty Notices (TFPNs), and provides updated guidance on the reclassification of Cannabis, Proceeds of Crime confiscation, animal welfare powers, and the standardisation of PCSOs' powers
Clearly lays out all the legislation you need on patrol along with points to prove, powers of arrest, related cases and practical considerations
Simple, standardised layout with a clear system of icons to guide you through complex areas of legislation
Written and endorsed by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) - the premier online legal information source for all police officers and criminal justice professionals
Useful appendices at the back of the book contain religious dates and events, traffic data, a firearms ages chart, and handy contact and web addresses
Accompanied by a useful companion website, with quarterly updates to ensure content is up-to-date
 

New to this edition
 
The fourth edition of this highly regarded and successful Handbook is fully updated to include all recent legislative developments, including the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, Road Safety Act 2006, Finance Act 2008, Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Serious Crime Act 2007
Includes updates to the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, Mental Health Act 2007, and Traffic Fixed Penalty Notices (TFPNs)
Provides updated guidance on the reclassification of Cannabis, Proceeds of Crime confiscation, animal welfare powers, and the standardisation of PCSOs' powers
This is a fourth, fully updated, edition of the highly successful Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook. This compact and portable resource has been specifically designed to meet the reference needs of police officers while out on patrol.
 
The book clearly explains and interprets the relevant legislation and powers of arrest, points to prove, practical considerations and related cases. Easy to access and navigate, the Handbook covers over 100 common offences in the areas of general crime, assaults, drugs, sexual offences, public disorder, licensing, and road traffic. It is written in a concise and accessible style, with a clearly structured format and handy icons to aid consultation. It covers a wide range of common offences and clearly explains and interprets the relevant legislation. At a glance you can access everything you need to make a quick, informed decision in a host of everyday policing situations.
 
The fourth edition is fully updated to include all recent legislative developments including: the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, Road Safety Act 2006, Finance Act 2008, Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Serious Crime Act 2007. The book also includes updates to the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, Mental Health Act 2007, and Traffic Fixed Penalty Notices (TFPNs). It also provides updated guidance on the reclassification of Cannabis, Proceeds of Crime confiscation, animal welfare powers, and the standardisation of PCSOs' powers.
 
The book is accompanied by a useful companion website with quarterly updates to ensure the legislation is up-to-date.
Readership: Primary: All patrol officers, special constables, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and student police officers. . Secondary: Police studies students, criminal justice practitioners, police trainers, and other criminal justice and law enforcement bodies such as the CPS, SOCA, SFO, Home Office and MOD.
 

Contents
 
1: Introduction
2: Assaults and Violence
3: Crime: Dishonesty
4: Crime: General
5: Drugs
6: Sexual Offences and Assaults
7: Public Disorder/Nuisance
8: Firearms, Fireworks and Weapons
9: Licensing
10: Road Traffic
11: General: Patrol
12: Powers and Procedures
13: Patrol Matters and Guidance
APPENDICES
Appendix 1 - Useful Contacts
Appendix 2 - Traffic Data - Vehicle Categories and Groups
Appendix 3 - Firearms Offences Relating to Age
Appendix 4 - Religious Dates/events


Previous Reviews
 
Review of 2nd Edition
 
There are now so many criminal offences that it is all but impossible for the operational officer to remember all the definitions. Indeed, it is questionable as to whether this would even be desirable, given the constant time and other paperwork pressures on the police today. Therefore, many officers will keep close to hand some sort of aide memoir, whether they be 'flash card' type materials, notes scribbled in the back cover of the pocket book, or some sort of text book on the law.
 
This is the second edition of the handy pocket-sized encyclopaedia of criminal offences published by OUP. It basically reproduces the text of the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) which will be familiar to all UK based police officers. As such, it is similar to other titles such as the 'Beat Officer's Companion', although where the 'Companion' emphasises simplicity of page layout and diagrams, the Operational Handbook includes as much details as it is possible to fit on to the page. Depending on your outlook, this is either a strength or a weakness.
 
It is refreshing and somewhat reassuring to see a clear explanation of the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Fraud Act 2006. Lesser used legislation is also included, such as the long awaited Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006, and this is a major strength, as these are the statutory provisions the details of which are easily forgotten. There is, of course, the odd surprise contained within the text.For instance, how many beat bobbies would know that there is an offence of interfering with a litter bin?
 
The authors have done a good job by including brief case summaries of the relevant stated cases, which takes this book beyond simply being a summary of statutory provisions. In addition, the PACE Codes are included, and there is a clear explanation of the practical effect of these codes.Chapters are included which cover how to ensure a 'best practice' approach to domestic violence, hate crime, and forced marriage.These chapters depart from a simple recitation of the law, and helpfully discuss some of the factors that officers will have to take into account.
 
Clarity is the key to the Police Operational Handbook: the clear layout and accessible but detailed text are what sets it apart, and makes it an essential part of policing kit. This is an excellent book, which will assist police officers uniform and CID in drawing correct conclusions and accurate decision making.Some force training departments hand out to probationers copies of the latest PACE Codes - but perhaps this Handbook would be a worthy substitution in place of that rarely read text?
 
Jon Mack
March 2008
 
 
Review of 1st Edition
 
Review
 
In my view no book has quite replaced Moriarty's Police Law, notwithstanding the excellent Butterworth's Police Law (latterly published by Oxford University Press).Until now, that is.Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook, to my mind, provides a comprehensive and practical guide for operational police officers that should prove as valuable, and come to be held in the same affection, as Moriarty's.
 
This book is straightforward and easy to use.As is inevitable, not every area of criminal law is covered.If I have a criticism of the content, it would be the apparently arbitrary nature of the exclusions. Murder is included and football-related offences (surely 'bread-and-butter' for many officers?) is excluded.Nevertheless, the extensive range of what is included is dealt with extremely well.
 
As a legal textbook this is an excellent source of information for law students, certainly up to 'A' level, and members of the public alike.Its real strength however, lies in its application in 'real' situations and police officers are clearly the target audience.
 
Any officer dealing with a crime, particularly from the moment of apprehension of suspected offenders, will find a step by step checklist of: wording of the offence, points to prove, explanatory notes, defences, case law and practical considerations. I particularly like the 'icons list', a series of markers in the text that indicate what additional powers or aggravating factors might be relevant.
 
The real test of such a book is, will officers use it?The format is (large) pocket-sized, although this has been achieved at the expense of the font size which is small and hard to read. With the equipment the modern officer is required to carry, I doubt it will find its way onto utility belts, although it will fit very comfortably in a locker or briefcase.As its primary use will be at police stations and custody centres, that should not prove a bar to its use.Ideally, one would hope to find a few copies available to officers in the custody centre.At around £20 the price is not prohibitive to individuals, but it would be better, if like my issue of Moriarty's, the book were standard issue to officers on joining.
 
It goes almost without saying that any legal textbook is likely to be out of date as soon as it is published and that is probably the biggest disadvantage for officers. If this book does become the next Moriarty's, it could provide an opportunity for officers to become better legal professionals and to take a pride in continual professional development.
 
Jeremy Wheeler


Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook 2010
Edition: 2010 Eighth Edition
Format: Paperback
Authors: Paul Connor, Dave Pinfield, Neil Taylor, and Julian Chapman
ISBN: 978-0-19-957841-2
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £39.99
Publication Date: 05 November 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information

The only official accompanying study material for the National Investigator's Examination - essential for all trainee investigators
 
Completely updated for the 2010 syllabus with reference to new legislation including the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the revised PACE Codes of Practice
Contains a variety of exercises, examples, case studies and over 100 A-type multiple-choice questions designed to guide the trainee investigator through the material in the Manual
Practical and accessible style, students can work independently through each topic with answers to the exercises cross-referenced back to the relevant paragraph in the Manual
Contains a unique, targeted case-study chapter on focussing on PACE Codes C, D, and E
Based on the content of the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010
New to this edition
 
Completely updated for the 2010 syllabus with reference to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Serious Crime Act 2007, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008
 
Contains new exercises and updated A-type questions for the 2010 syllabus
The Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook 2010 is the official accompanying study text for the National Investigator's Exam (NIE) which is taken as part of Phase 1 of the Initial Crime Investigators' Development Programme.
 
Based on the content of the Investigator's Manual, the book has been completely revised for the 2010 syllabus. It contains many practical exercises, case studies and multiple choice questions to help students prepare for the NIE.
 
The Workbook takes the trainee investigator through each of the topics relevant to the examination, namely in the areas of Evidence, Property Offences, Assaults, Drugs, Firearms & Defences, and Sexual Offences. The book also contains useful cross references to the Manual in the answers sections, so students can check their understanding of the content.
 
This Workbook is completely up-to-date for the 2010 syllabus with reference to all recent legislative changes, including the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Serious Crime Act 2007, as well as updates to the PACE Codes of Practice.
 

Readership
 
Essential material for Trainee Investigators preparing for the Initial Crime Investigators' Development Programme (ICIDP) Examination. Outside this core market, there is scope to supply a number of ancillary investigative agencies, notably the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Revenue & Customs and the Ministry of Defence.

The Authors

Paul Connor, Police Training Consultant, Dave Pinfield, Police Trainer, Neil Taylor, Police Trainer, and Julian Chapman, Police Trainer


Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010
Edition: 2010
Format: Paperback
Author: Paul Connor, Glenn Hutton, David Johnston and Gavin McKinnon
ISBN: 978-0- 9-957840-5
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £39.99
Publication Date: 05 November 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

The Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010 is the only official study and reference text for the National Investigator's Exam (NIE) which is taken as part of Phase 1 of the Initial Crime Investigators' Development Programme (ICIDP). Based on Blackstone's Police Manuals (the leading police reference texts in the UK) this new edition of the Manual has been revised and restructured for 2010. Covering each of the subject areas on the 2010 syllabus, namely in the areas of Evidence, Property Offences, Assaults, Drugs and Firearms, and Sexual Offences, it is applicable for the March, June, September and December exams in 2010. Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010 is endorsed by the NPIA, NSLEC and ACPO.
 
The Manual is written in a practical and accessible style, with keynotes throughout the text breaking up the law and procedure to provide a clear and concise analysis of complex topics. The Manual is accompanied by the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook 2010, which has been fully revised and updated for the 2010 syllabus in line with the updates to the Manual. It contains many practical exercises, case studies and multiple-choice questions to help students prepare for the NIE. The Manual is available both on its own and as a pack with the Workbook.
 
This edition has been extensively edited for 2010 to make it more concise and relevant accessible and targeted to the examination.
 
It also features:
 
New legislation including the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Serious Crime Act 2007, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 and the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006;
 
The revised PACE Codes of Practice and explanatory chapters on RIPA 2000 and Entry, Search and Seizure powers.
 

The Authors
 
Paul Connor Cert Ed, LLB is a Police Training Consultant. He has previously been involved in training activities with the ICIDP and NIE. Paul is a Consultant Editor for the Blackstone's Police Manuals and author of Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook 2010, Blackstone's Police Investigators' Q&A 2010 and Blackstone's Sergeants' and Inspectors' Mock Examination Paper 2010.
 
David Johnston LLB, LLM is a barrister and Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service. Formerly a member of the National Police Training Examinations and Assessment Unit, he is an OSPRE® assessor and previously worked as a legal researcher for the Home Office in Harrogate.
 
Glenn Hutton BA, MPhil, FCIPD is director of Psychometric Technology Limited, which designs and publishes psychological tests and provides selection and assessment services. Formerly a superintendent in North Yorkshire Police, he also worked as Head of the National Police Training Examinations and Assessment Unit, Head of Training in North Yorkshire Police and as both Course Director and Director of Studies at the Police Staff College, Bramshill.
 
Gavin McKinnon LLB, LLM, MSc, MCIPR is Chief Superintendent and Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at the NPIA with responsibility for marketing and communications, legal services, corporate governance, policy and equality and diversity. He was formerly an officer in the RUC/PSNI and Deputy Director of the Home Office Police Reform Unit.
 

Readership
 
Essential material for Trainee Investigators preparing for the Initial Crime Investigators' Development Programme (ICIDP) Examination. Outside this core market, there is scope to supply a number of ancillary investigative agencies, notably the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Revenue & Customs and the Ministry of Defence.

Review of the 2005 Edition of the Investigators Manual

This text is 520 pages long of A4 format with large spaced type, which is split into four parts.  These four sections deal with matters relating to 'Property Offences', 'Assaults, Drugs, Firearms and Defences', 'Sexual Offences' and Evidence'.  This is a book about investigating crime and is specifically aimed at police investigators as part of the syllabus of the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme (ICIDP).  This publication should be used in conjunction with Blackstone’s Police Investigators Distance Learning Workbook 2005.

This is a legal publication with a difference.  It is written in an easy to understand and readable manner. There are explanatory notes and keynote sections which help the reader through the complexities of legal issues.  The explanations support the statutes whilst the keynote sections provide the latest research on case law on the subject.  It provides examples which aid learning and understanding of complex legal issues. Not only is this a comprehensive guide for detectives as part of their legal study but it would be of considerable use to anyone studying law to any great depth. New to this edition includes full updates on the Sexual Offences Act 2003 but also includes new key legislation on the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 and Criminal Justice Act 2003. Valuable appendices contain the latest revised Codes of Practice for PACE which came into force on 1st August 2004.

The authors have considerable experience between them of writing for National Police Training Examinations and assessments.  All have been staff members of the National Police Training Examinations and Assessment Unit and have compiled this publication with the strength and depth of knowledge attained from working within the unit.

Peter Kennison



Blackstone's Police Investigators' Q&A 2010
Edition: 2010
Format: Paperback
Author: Paul Connor
ISBN: 978-0-19-957842-9
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: £16.50
Publication Date: 12 November 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

Contains a full range of over 200 practice multiple-choice questions which mirror the content of the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010, enabling officers to use the book as an effective learning tool
 
Updated to include coverage of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Serious Crime Act 2007, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, and the revised PACE Codes of Practice
 
Assists students by highlighting any gaps or weaknesses in their knowledge with a full explanation of the answers
 
Contains useful exam preparation technique chapters which train students for the exam situation
 
Written by an experienced and highly successful question writer
Questions are presented as exam practice questions, designed for preparation for the National Investigators' Exam
 

Contents
 
Evidence
Property Offences
Assaults, Drugs, Firearms and Defences
Sexual Offences
Review(s) from previous edition
 

Reviews
 
"The book is I believe the first port of call for any trainee investigator studying for their exam. - Detective Sergeant Phil Stokoe, Durham Police
 
"A first class book that I thoroughly recommend. " - Detective Chief Inspector Tim Raymond, Essex Police


Blackstone's Police Investigators' Mock Examination Paper 2010
Edition: 2010
Format: Paperback 82 pages | 296x212mm
Author: Dave Pinfield
ISBN: 978-0-19-957851-1
Publishers: Oxford University Press
Price: :£16.50
Publication Date: 19 November 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

Designed in an exam format with 80 questions to be answered in two hours
Completely updated for 2010 with new and updated questions on recent legislation including the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, as well as the revised PACE Codes of Practice
Accompanying Answer Booklet includes a handy marking matrix including explanations and references
 
Includes a detailed Answer Booklet with full explanations, a handy marking matrix, and references to the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010 to help clarify areas of study
New to this edition
 
Completely updated for 2010 with new and updated questions on recent legislation including the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, as well as the revised PACE Codes of Practice
This fully revised and updated edition of Blackstone's Police Investigators' Mock Examination Paper ensures that National Investigators' Exam (NIE) candidates are fully prepared for their multiple-choice examination. The book is designed in an l exam format, so candidates can practice taking the whole exam in two hours. Like the actual exam, the book is presented on A4 and is split into two sections, one containing the 80 question mock exam and answer sheet and the second containing the answers and detailed marking matrix with explanations and references.
 
The Mock Examination Paper gives candidates the opportunity to test their knowledge of the content of the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010, with space for them to write their answers. The Answer Booklet contains the answers and marking matrices, giving candidates a mark for the full examination and individual marks for their knowledge of the four subject areas: Evidence, Property Offences, Assaults, Drugs & Firearms, and Sexual Offences. The Answer Booklet includes an explanation about how to calculate the percentage score, as well as full explanations and references to the Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual 2010.
 
The Investigators' Mock Exam has been completely updated for 2010 with new questions on legislative changes such as the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008,, the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008, the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, and and the revised PACE Codes of Practice.
 
Candidates will find this book a user-friendly and valuable tool which should ensure a clearer understanding of the format and requirements of the exam.
 

This product is not endorsed by NPIA.
 

Readership:
 
Primary market: trainee investigators taking the National Investigators' Exam (NIE) and CID training departments directly connected with the NIE. Secondary market: general training departments, CID departments, police forces and associated organisations. Also officers studying for the Part 1 of the Sergeants and Inspectors examinations will find this useful for extra practice.
 

Contents
 
Pack 1
Introduction to the Mock Examination
Instructions for Completion
Question Booklet
Pack 2
Answer Sheet
Marking Instructions and Marking Matrix
Answer Booklet

Review(s) from previous edition
 
"The whole package is well set out and easy to follow with clear instructions. - Detective Constable Charlie Barton, Former Crime Training Manager, Cambridge Constabulary
 
"The Mock Exam is well set out and easy to use - I would recommend it. " - Detective Sergeant Nick Yellop, Metropolitan Police Service
 
"The book can only enhance your overall chances of being successful in your Investigators' exam." - Acting Detective Inspector Nigel Cooper, Crime Training Manager, Essex Police


Blackstone's Student Police Officer Handbook 2010
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Robin Bryant, Sarah Bryant, Bryn Caless, Kevin Lawton-Barrett, Robert Underwood, Dominic Wood, and Roy Murphy
ISBN: 978-0-19-957766-8
Publishers:
Price: £29.99
Publication Date: 17 December 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information

The only text to provide comprehensive course material - designed specifically by practitioners to support students and trainers during initial learning programmes
Linked closely to the updated National Occupational Standards for the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), helping students to learn and consolidate the key material and ensure they can effectively demonstrate that they are meeting all National Occupational Standards
 
Includes updates to key legislation including the cordons and stop and search powers under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the reclassification of cannabis, and the amended PACE Code A
 
Develops students' skills of analysis, problem solving and forms of reasoning at an appropriate level
Provides the knowledge and understanding necessary for a student officer to undertake independent patrol in a professional and competent manner
Accessible and engaging writing style
 

Contents
 
1: Reference Material
2: How to Use the Handbook
3: Qualifying as a Police Officer
4: Learning as a Student Police Officer
5: Key Themes in Policing
6: Induction into a Police Organization
7: Stop, Search, and Entry
8: Investigation, Arrest, Detention, and Disposal
9: Managing People and Incidents in the Community
10: Criminal Law and Procedure
11: Road and Traffic Policing
12: Intelligence and Criminal Investigation
13: Crime Scenes and Forensic Investigation
14: Developing as a Police Officer
 

The Authors
 
Edited by Robin Bryant, Head of Department of Crime & Policing Studies and Academic Director at the Thanet Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, Sarah Bryant, Bryn Caless, Head of training at Kent Police, Kevin Lawton-Barrett, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation at Canterbury Christ Church University, Robert Underwood, Retired Kent Police Officer, Dominic Wood, Principal Lecturer in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Roy Murphy, Criminal Investigation Adviser to Kent Police


Review(s) from previous edition

"This volume offers the student police officer an invaluable guide to all aspects of the IPLDP, in particular giving a clear link between learning practical policing skills and the NOS. - Sergeant Steve Shelton, IPLDP Project Manager, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary