Here's PoliceSpecials.com's list of Recommended Reading - a collection of books which will be of use to most police officers and specials, or potential recruits. You can get more information, and purchase these books online by clicking on the title.
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General Reference / Guides
The classic, easy to read (and carry!) reference work. All the common offences set out in an easy-to-understand format. A must for both new and experienced police officers.
Here's the sister book to the original "Beat Officer's Companion" for Scottish Officers. Same easy to read and carry format.
An excellent guide, recently published, for student officers - both regulars and specials who are new to the job. It is written in a practical workbook style, with each of the 6 chapters dealing with an everyday scenario (missing persons, shoplifting, youth disorder, domestics, etc) and taking you through the information you need to gather and the tasks you need to carry out. It also includes a brief overview of some of the relevant legislation.
This book is written as a practical guide for prospective or newly-recruited PCSOs, as well as established officers who want to refresh and develop their knowledge. Linked throughout to the National Occupational Standards, this book introduces the key, universal areas of competency for PCSOs and guides the reader through incidents typical of those PCSOs will encounter. Throughout, these scenarios are addressed with up-to-date policing methods, relevant procedure and legislation.
The Student Police Officer Handbook is a key text for new student police officers undergoing their initial police training designed to be a complementary text for the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). The book ensures that the student police officer can effectively demonstrate that they are meeting the 22 National Occupational Standards which must be attained for intial policing.
This new, comprehensive text examines all the areas of criminal and policing law that Student Officers need to study during their IPLDP. Presented in a user-friendly format, each chapter is linked explicitly to the relevant National Occupational Standards and includes clear aims and objectives, revision notes, knowledge check questions and answers, practical activities, and suggestions for the reader's SOLAP (Student Officer Learning and Assessment Portfolio).
Based on the PNLD (Police National Legal Database), this excellent book is aimed at front-line, operational police officers needing to understand the key elements of offences that they deal with on a regular, as well as not-so-regular basis. It can be carried with you and covers points to prove, defences and practical considerations.
This companion book to the Law guide above offers guidance on good practice in core policing areas. Aimed at junior patrol officers, student officers and trainee detectives, it draws together practical advice across a wide range of police duties, along with extracts and explanations of official policy and guidance from ACPO, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the National Centre for Policing Excellence.
A new handbook packed with over 400 pages of information about the history and structure of the Specials, recruitment and retention, training and powers; plus sections on law, taking statements, partnership and neighbourhood policing, crime scene management and even an overview of the Criminal Justice System. Lots of useful info here!
This is a highly practical, portable and weatherproof handbook, ideal for PCSOs to carry on the beat and for PCSO trainers and other police officers. The role of the PCSO has been subject to a great deal of change in recent years. Blackstone's PCSO Handbook consolidates all the relevant information and details the powers and procedures. PCSOs can use the book as a reference to find information on tasks such as crime scene management, cautions, evidence gathering, attending court and pocket notebook protocol.
The Traffic Officer's Companion is a quick reference guide for police officers dealing with traffic regulations and offences. A broad range of subjects are covered including: speed limits, motorways, drink/driving and reporting an accident. This user-friendly publication also includes legislation for officers in Scotland.
Handy guide for custody sergeants, review officers and detention officers, explaining all the PACE requirements and guidelines in a simple, easy to understand format.
A comprehensive guide detailing all traffic and criminal offences. Includes "points to prove" for each offence, and a guide to investigating. A useful guide book for anyone in the legal profession as well as patrol officers.
Simple and straightforward advice on the 'art' of taking a good statement. Ideal for new officers or those just wishing to brush up on this vital area of policework.
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A readable, practical overview of the structure and workings of police forces in England & Wales, offering a comprehensive foundation to new recruits - allowing them to start assuming some responsibility for his/her own professional development from an early stage.
The number of people applying to join the police continues to grow, but only one in ten applications proves successful. This new book, written by a former police officer who helped devise the assessment process, is packed with practical advice for those applying to become a police officer. It is easy to read and use, covering all aspects of the process - from completing the application form to the logical and numerical reasoning tests - ensuring that the reader is fully prepared to undergo selection.
This practical and accessible book focuses on the interview, which forms a key part of the Police Recruit Assessment Process. This book identifies the nature of the interview and fully explains what to expect in the way of interaction with the assessor. It offers clear guidance on preparation for and performance in the interview and identifies the core competencies tested within the exercise.
This book focuses on the Interactive Exercise, which forms a key part of the Police Recruit Assessment Process. The role play (as the exercise is often referred to) is traditionally the part of the recruitment test that candidates worry about most and find particularly difficult. The book clearly explains the role play process, making links to the Core Competencies and in particular examining issues of diversity.
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The crime manual covers a huge amount of legislation used on a regular basis by operational police officers. This latest edition has been updated to incorporate all recent legislative developments.
Covering all aspects of evidence law and procedure from a police officer's perspective, this latest edition has been updated to incorporate all recent legislative developments.
Covering all aspects of general police duties from a police officer's perspective, this latest edition has been updated to incorporate all recent legislative developments.
This volume covers all aspects of road traffic law and procedure from a police officer's perspective. This latest edition incorporates all recent legislative developments.
Formerly known as Butterworth's Police Law, this revised tenth edition covers all areas of law and legal procedure which are of interest to police officers. This well-respected and highly regarded book is comprehensive and easy to understand, and is suitable for any reader, even those without formal legal training. In addition, it will be of particular assistance to all those who are studying Criminal Law for the first time.
The 1998 Human Rights Act incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. The latest edition of this best-selling text has been extensively rewritten for even greater ease of use and puts the Act and many recent developments in context, providing the rearder with an up-to-date introduction to the Act and Convention.
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