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.
Table of 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
The Police National Legal Database (PNLD) is a comprehensive legal database covering all legal information that police officers are required to know. It is housed within West Yorkshire Police Training School at Bishopsgarth in Wakefield and is the official online legal database used by the 43 police forces in England & Wales. Fraser Sampson LLB, LLM, MBA is the Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire Police Authority. Formerly Head of the National Police Training Examinations and Assessment Unit and of the Police Law Unit at national law firm Walker Morris, he is also an Associate Tutor at the University of Glamorgan. He has written and spoken widely in the news media on current Police Law issues and is a leading authority in this area.