“The Law Enforcement Handbook” by Desmond Rowland and James Bailey (1983, 1994)

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     The Law Enforcement Handbook is referenced throughout this cite, especially throughout the color of law crimes section, for the purpose of determining whether or not the officer(s) followed protocol.  Law enforcement agencies who receive federal funding are required to adhere to standards this book articulates.  For instance, 25 C.F.R. §§ 12.11 and 12.14 reads as follows:

§12.11   Do I have to follow these regulations?

     You must follow the minimum standards outlined in the regulations in this part if you are part of a BIA or tribal law enforcement program receiving Federal funding or operating under a BIA law enforcement commission.

§12.14   Where can I find specific policies and standards for law enforcement functions in Indian country?

     …. Every Indian country law enforcement program covered by the regulations in this part must maintain an effective and efficient law enforcement program meeting minimal qualitative standards and procedures specified in chapter 68 Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual (BIAM) and the Law Enforcement Handbook.

     So, as you can see, The Law Enforcement Handbook is endorsed by the U.S. federal government, and is a standard to which officers may be held accountable to.

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     Barnes and Noble’s website describes The Law Enforcement Handbook as follows:

     “No occupation in modern American society has been as picked at, pried apart, put upon, and misrepresented as police work. This well-researched book (co-written by a man with 27 years of experience as a patrol officer, detective, and police executive) documents the real nature and performance of policing. It is designed to provide the basic grounding a police officer requires to perform effectively, and provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of investigative techniques necessary for success as a patrol officer or criminal investigator.

     Sections include working the streets, recording information, responding to emergencies, stopping and searching vehicles, investigating traffic accidents, hazards and disasters, street psychology, interrogating suspects, handling the crime scene, forensic science, handling complex investigations, raids and searches, surveillance, computer crime, preparing for court, more. 294 pp.


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