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
About 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.
Table of Contents
Law Enforcement in America 4
The Police Academy 25
Police Officers: Their Duties and Equipment 39
Arrest and Search Procedures 92
Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter 117
Crime Scene Investigation 129
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
Glossary of Terms 341
Police 10 Codes 346
Drug Quantity Table 349
Federal Sentencing Table 360
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.