Police Field Operations Theory Meets Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-09-06
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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. 

Author Biography

Michael L. Birzer is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University .  His research interests center on police behavior and practices. He recently completed research that examined police relations with the African-American community.  In 2007, Professor Birzer published with Cliff Roberson, Policing, Today and Tomorrow -- Prentice-Hall. 


Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University and Retired Professor of Criminology from California State University-Fresno. His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University. He has authored or co-authored 47 books and texts.

Table of Contents

Chapter Title
Police Patrol: The Backbone of Policing
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
Police Field Procedures
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
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
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
Interviewing and interrogation
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
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
Forensics Introduction Duties of a Forensic Scientist
FBI Forensic Laboratory Crime Scene Body Fluids Fibers
DNA Questioned Documents Fingerprints Firearms Digital Evidence
Legal constraints that impact police operations
Searches Warrant Clause of the Fourth
Amendment Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment
Arrests Exclusionary rule Civil Liability Use of Force
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
Police communications Introduction
Police Language Radio Communications Telephone
Communications Special Communications
Issues Computer Systems Computer Networks
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
Police Operations in Culturally Diverse
Communities Introduction
Minority perceptions of police Skeletons
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