Police Family Liaison

Police Family Liaison

Paperback Blackstone's Practical Policing

By (author) Duncan McGarry, By (author) Kevin Smith

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199214085
  • ISBN 13: 9780199214082
  • Sales rank: 773,848

Product description

This new book is the first practical guide to the sensitive topic of family liaison, aimed directly at the police. The text focuses on the key role that family liaison plays in the police service, explains how the role has developed and provides practitioners with a clear understanding of why relatives and friends are entitled to the highest standard of response from the police but also why no investigation can be truly effective without this relationship being supported, resourced and supervised throughout. The book covers a wide range of important issues including the development and delivery of training, operating protocols, contacting and establishing relationships with the family, management and mass fatalities. Highly practical, the book includes examples, illustrative diagrams, summary sections and checklists, plus a wide range of case study chapters based on key events, including the the Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash, the 2004 Tsunami, the Bali Bombings, the September 11th attacks and the London Bombings of July 7th. This book is a must for all those who work in this difficult area. The Blackstone's Practical Policing Series is a collection of highly practical, up-to-date titles covering a range of essential subjects in today's policing arena. Developed from a detailed understanding of police information needs, this series seeks to explain the relevant law, practice and procedure from a police officer's perspective.

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Author information

Duncan McGarry has been UK National Adviser for Police Family Liaison since 2002. He has been a Detective for 24 years, mainly serving in the Metropolitan Police, but also as a member of Durham Constabulary. He has worked on the Stephen Lawrence Public Inquiry, the Paddington train crash, the London Bombings, the Asian Tsunami, New York 9/11, the Bali bombings and the Marchioness Public Inquiry. He has also worked in his capacity as National Adviser on many high profile murder investigations. Kevin Smith is the UK National Adviser for Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses and an Approved Interview Adviser. His day-to-day activities involve the design of interview strategies, including family liaison interview strategies, in complex cases. He also co-wrote the Blackstone's Practical Policing title Vulnerable Adult and Child Witnesses. Duncan and Kevin were also responsible for writing the ACPO National Police Family Liaison Guidance.

Review quote

This book is a long time coming. It is an area of Policing that if used correctly will aid the public in their darkest hour. Alan Phillips, Detective Constable, Essex Police

Table of contents

1. Police Family Liaison ; 2. Organisational Support for Family Liaison ; 3. Initial Contact with the Family ; 4. The Management and Co-ordination of Family Liaison ; 5. Victimology ; 6. Witness Assessment and Interviewing ; 7. Coroners' Processes ; 8. Mass Fatalities and Ante Mortem Collection ; 9. Critical Incidents ; 10. Family Liaison Officer Welfare