Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers

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Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. Police Procedure & Investigation helps you get your facts straight about the inner workings of law enforcement.

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can ...

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Overview

Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. Police Procedure & Investigation helps you get your facts straight about the inner workings of law enforcement.

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can benefit from his years of experience with Police Procedure & Investigation.

This comprehensive resource includes:

  • More than 80 photographs, illustrations, and charts showing everything from defensive moves used by officers to prison cells and autopsies
  • Detailed information on officer training, tools of the trade, drug busts, con air procedures, crime scene investigation techniques, and more
  • First-person details from the author about his experiences as a detective, including accounts of arrests, death penalty executions, and criminal encounters
Police Procedure & Investigation is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to your book!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582974552
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/8/2007
  • Series: Howdunit Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 315,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, Lee Lofland (www.leelofland.com) is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations. He consults for many best-selling authors, and is currently working with Stuart Kaminsky on the CSI:NY series.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     XV
Preface     1
Law Enforcement in America     4
The Police Academy     25
Police Officers: Their Duties and Equipment     39
Detectives     67
Arrest and Search Procedures     92
Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter     117
Crime Scene Investigation     129
Fingerprinting     152
DNA     167
Autopsy     183
Drugs, Not Money, are the Root of All Evil     205
Tell It to the Judge: Courts and the Legal Process     233
Prisons and Jails     271
Con Air: Coffee, Tea, or Handcuff Key?     308
The Death Penalty     318
C.S....I Don't Think So     330
Epilogue     340
Glossary of Terms     341
Police 10 Codes     346
Drug Quantity Table     349
Federal Sentencing Table     360
Index     362
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

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    This is a great reference book for writers who wish to understand police procedures. It is more than that though. Lee explains how the hierarchy of law enforcement is structured between local police departments, sheriffs departments, the state police, the FBI, the ATF, the U.S. Marshals and more. He also gives examples of terminology we all have heard and thought we understood. Such as the difference between a crime scene and the scene of a crime. They are different. Or the difference between homicide, murder, and manslaughter. No they are not synonyms. Yes, this book would make a fabulous gift for writers in your life that even want to barely touch on crime as an aspect in their work to help avoid making cringe-worthy mistakes, but it would also make a great gift for anyone who is interested in going into law enforcement. It would be an excellent reference book for someone trying to understand all the new lingo and terminology involved in that profession. I have to think it would be better written than a lot of dry as sawdust textbooks on the subject. Lee has a great sense of humor and it comes through on the page. This is a great book even if you aren't interested in writing about crime or going into law enforcement, for it will help you to understand the occupational complexities of those who are sworn to protect and defend us.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This is an excellent reference for any writer looking to make th

    This is an excellent reference for any writer looking to make their work authentic. The author is very thorough in his explanations of how things work in the police world. There is a lot of rich terminology and plenty of personal anecdotes to make this book not only informative but entertaining as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    This book is very useful for writers who don't have direct experience in a police department but want to include some elements of "police investigation" in their works of fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    This is a good but biased book.

    This book has a lot of information that's useful if you want to write about the police. I wish he'd put in something about how interrogations are conducted, though. Furthermore, one problem the book had is that it assumes that the police are always the good guys and that they're always right. From my own experience, that isn't true at all.

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