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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582974552
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/08/2007
Series: Howdunit Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 438,066
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, Lee Lofland ( 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

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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Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
StevenRamirez More than 1 year ago
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.
TangoMan More than 1 year ago
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.
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KeikoHP More than 1 year ago
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.