Policing and the Law

Policing and the Law

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For courses in Introduction to Policing, Legal Aspects of Policing, Police Administration, and Police and Society.This text provides in-depth and extensive coverage of legal issues affecting the police, discussing both operational and administrative issues in policing as they are enhanced or constrained by the system of laws in America. It contains a collection of ten essays in three topical areas: legal aspects of police-citizen encounters, limitations on police work, and the law and police administration. Contributors to the book include both practitioners and academicians, as well as those who work or have worked in both fields.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 172.72 x 228.6 x 10.16mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130284351
  • 9780130284358

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There is no question that the law is intimately linked with policing. What defines the police is their ability to enforce the law. Beyond using the law as a tool in police work, the police also receive a great deal of oversight from the law. Practically everything that police officers do is potentially subject to judicial review. From the probable cause needed to make an arrest to the proper entrance exams that do not racially discriminate, the professional lives of police officers are mired in the law. This book contains material that is vital to police officers. This book should appeal to both the officer on the street who needs some additional information about operational issues, such as when lockers of students can be searched or how long a person may be detained while a narcotics-sniffing dog is summoned, and to the administrator who must make decisions about hiring that are not discriminatory and must investigate his or her own officers for misconduct. This book is broken into two major decisionsoperational aspects and the law, and administrative aspects and the law. Includes a review of Supreme Court decisions important to all police officers: Fourth Amendment issues in the war on drugs; no-knock searches, and traffic stops Legal issues of roadblocks and check points Whether civil lawsuits against police dampen officers' willingness to make arrests The use of canines in search and seizure Investigations concerning computers and the Internet How police officers and police agencies react to changes in the legal environment Privacy rights of police officers as they relate to employer authority to regulate police employee conduct, searches and seizures involving police officers in the workplace, drug testing of police officers, medical fitness issues (including AIDS), and employer regulation of police sexual conduct Affirmative action and police selection, physical agility testing, and written selection tests Age limitations and discrimination of police officers "
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Table of contents

I. OPERATIONAL ISSUES AND THE LAW. 1. Laws of the State and the State of Law: The Relationship between Police and Law, Jeffrey T. Walker. 2. Crime and the Supreme Court: The Impact of the War on Drugs on Judicial Review of Police Investigatory Practice, Craig Hemmens. 3. Supreme Court Puts Up Roadblocks to Drug Enforcement, James W. Golden and Amy C. VanHouten. 4. Civil Liabilities and Arrest Decisions, Dennis J. Stevens. 5. That Dog Will Hunt: Canine Assisted Search and Seizure, James W. Golden and Jeffrey T. Walker. 6. Policing the Internet: Legal Issues on the Information Super Highway, Robert W. Taylor and Deanne Morgan. II. ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES AND THE LAW. 7.Policy Agency Responses to Changes in the Legal Environment, Michael Buerger. 8. Privacy Rights of Police Officers: Dimensions of Employer Regulations, William P. Bloss. 9. Affirmative Action and Police Selection: Managing Legal Boundaries and Psychometric Limits, Larry K. Gaines and Pamela J. Schram. 10. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (AHEA) and Police Agencies, Joseph E. Pascarella. 11. Policing and the Law: More Than Just a Question of Arrest, Mark L. Dantzker. Author Biographies.
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About Jeffrey Walker

Jeffery T. Walker is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has taught since 1990. Walker also serves as the Research Director for the Arkansas Statistical Analysis Center, which directs research and data gathering in criminal justice in Arkansas. He has served as President of both the Arkansas Criminal Justice Association and the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice. He currently serves as the Secretary of ACJS. Editorial experience includes service as Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Editor of Critical Criminology, and as Editor of ACJS Today. His two primary areas of research are criminology and law enforcement. In addition, he has researched and written on computers in criminal justice, distance education, legal issues concerning the police, and gang behavior. Previous publications include articles in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Journal of Gang Research and the books Leading Cases in Law Enforcement and Statistics in Criminal Justice: Analysis and Interpretation.
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