A practical guide to minimize risks when dealing with police officers and law enforcement procedures.
VOYA - Julie HudsonThe Coping With series has always been reliable for school reports, but when reading this title I wondered, Who is really going to read this? The authors obviously have put a great deal of thought and research into this volume. It is well written and easy to read, and the real-life examples feel authentic. In fact, this book should be read by everyone-students and parents. Unfortunately, the only ones who will pick it up will be the students assigned to report or debate on the subject. The authors have fairly represented the points of view of all parties involved (the police and the civilians) and even have included a rather interesting history of how our police forces evolved. There is a decent glossary at the end, along with a very student-supportive page listing mailing addresses and Web sites of organizations that can offer help, such as the ACLU and the NAACP. This listing is followed by sample reports of a car accident and other confrontations with the law. The age-old reminders to remain calm and to avoid arguing are among the coping tips the authors offer. They assure readers that signing a speeding ticket does not mean you are admitting guilt; you can challenge the ticket by following legal steps the officer should point out. The authors also offer a suggested reading list and a detailed index. Though there are moments when the writing style talks down to the reader just a bit, this flaw is outweighed by the book's content. When students complain what they learn in school is useless for real life-assign this! Glossary. Index. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 3Q M J S (Readable without serious defects, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 UpAn information-packed treatment of society's interactions with the police with a focus on teenage issues that fosters an understanding of the law as it applies to juveniles. The authors give a brief history of the police in the United States and how people's views of them are colored by personal experience as well as by perceptions of their use and misuse of power. While instances of abuse of authority are openly admitted, law-enforcement officers are generally presented in a positive light. Pragmatic advice is offered to juveniles who may be stopped, questioned, searched, or arrested. Compliance is urged as is behavior that defuses situations rather than incites them. Information about demonstrations, strikes, gang encounters, targeting of minority groups, and foreign travel is included. The proper use of 911 lines and how to deal with auto accidents, sexual assault, and burglary are discussed. Anecdotes of true-to-life situations help illustrate the issues. The book concludes with a process for efficiently reporting a confrontation with the police. The appendix includes the forms that facilitate that process as well as a set of forms that can be used to gather all of the appropriate information following an automobile accident. A very useful text.Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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