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Police Field Operations: Theory Meets Practice

This text covers major areas of police operations including patrol, investigations, crime mapping, police operations in culturally diverse communities, community policing, persons with physical disabilities, and juveniles, hot pursuit issues, communications, gangs, and drugs.

By Michael Birzer,

Cliff Roberson,

ISBN: 9780205508280

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This text covers major areas of police operations including patrol, investigations, crime mapping, police operations in culturally diverse communities, community policing, persons with physical disabilities, and juveniles, hot pursuit issues, communications, gangs, and drugs. 

Table of Contents                                  

 

1. Police Patrol:  The Backbone of Policing

Introduction

A sketch of the police

Development of police patrol

Purpose of police patrol

Differential Response

Effectiveness of Police Patrol

Reactive, proactive and coactive patrol

Organizational features

Types of police patrol

Allocation of patrol personnel

Special Tactical Teams

Managing and supervising the patrol function

Becoming a police patrol officer

Training  

 

2. Police Field Procedures

Introduction

Preparing for the tour of duty

Patrolling the beat

Handling offenders

Civil unrest  

High speed pursuits

Weather and natural disasters           

The police K-9

Traffic stops

Emergency vehicle operation

The use of force

 

3.Police Operations in a Community Policing Environment              

Introduction

The emergence of community policing

Core components of community policing

What community policing is not

Incorporating community policing on the job

Community policing and terrorism  

Does community policing work

 

 

4.Crime Scene and Preliminary Investigation

Introduction

The role of patrol in the preliminary investigation

Initial steps in the investigation

Photographing the scene

Crime scene search

The nature of evidence

Types of evidence

Evidence collection 

Cybercrime 

 

5. Interviewing and interrogation

Introduction

Principles of Interviewing

Field Interviews/Investigative Stops

Principles of Interrogation

Use of the Polygraph

Human Lie Detector

Law of Interviewing and Interrogation

Voluntariness of a Confession

Non-Testimonial Evidence

Immunity

Art of Listening

 

6. Handling Calls for Service

Introduction

The Police Service Role

Disputes

Suspicious Characters

Prowlers 

Missing and Runaway Children

Missing Adults 

Welfare Checks

The Mentally Ill 

Abandoned Vehicles

Stalled Vehicles

Directing Traffic 

Lost Property  

Stolen Property

Repeat Calls

Citizen Contacts

 

7.  Forensics

Introduction

Duties of a Forensic Scientist

FBI Forensic Laboratory

Crime Scene

Body Fluids

Fibers

DNA

Questioned Documents

Fingerprints

Firearms

Digital Evidence

 

8. Legal constraints that impact police operations

Introduction

Searches

Warrant Clause of the Fourth Amendment

Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment

Arrests

Exclusionary rule

Civil Liability

Use of Force

 

9. Police reports & other correspondence

Introduction

Field Notes

Report Writing

Chain of Custody Reports

Special Reports

Records

Writing Styles

Computerized Reports

Recording Witness Recollections

Testifying in Court

 

10. Police communications

Introduction

Police Language

Radio Communications

Telephone Communications

Special Communications Issues

Computer Systems

Computer Networks

 

 

11. Gangs and Drugs      

Introduction

Gangs

Hispanic Gangs

Female Gangs

Indian Country Gangs

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

National Gangs

Drug Enforcement

Drug Legislation

Alcohol Related Offenses

Solutions to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug Testing of Police Officers

Gangs and Drugs

 

12. Police Operations in Culturally Diverse Communities

Introduction

Minority perceptions of police 

Skeletons in the closest 

Contemporary problems

The state of police-minority relations

Police operations in minority communities

De-Escalation of potential problems 

Demographics of police officers

Recruitment and selection of minorities and female police 

Service vs. law enforcement

 

13. Crime Mapping and Analysis

Introduction

Crime Analysts

Crime Mapping

Should Crime Information Be Made Public?

 Does Crime Simply Move Around The Corner?

Crime Hot Spot Theories on Crime

 

14. Handling Terrorism and Natural Disasters

Introduction

Terrorism and the Police Officer

War on Terrorism

Terrorism Alerts

Assessing Terrorist Threats

Antiterrorist and Disaster Recovery Agencies

Bomb Threats

 

15.  Ethics and police operations

Introduction

What is ethics?

What constitutes ethical behavior?

Ethics as a restriction on behavior

Kantian ethics

Moral development

Values

Law enforcement values

Lying and deception

Off-duty employment

Internal affairs unit

International Association of Ethics Trainers

 

Published:  Sept 6, 2007

Format:  Cloth

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