10th Edition

Legal Guide for Police
Constitutional Issues

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ISBN 9780323322973
Published March 3, 2015 by Routledge
280 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Legal Guide for Police, 10th edition, is a valuable tool for criminal justice students and law enforcement professionals, bringing them up-to-date with developments in the law of arrest, search and seizure, police authority to detain, questioning suspects and pretrial identification procedures, police power and its limitations, and civil liability of police officers and agencies. Including specific case examples, this revised edition provides the most current information for students and law enforcement professionals needing to develop a modern understanding of the law.

Authors Walker and Hemmens have added introductory and summary chapters to this edition, which aid readers in understanding the context, importance, and applicability of the case law. All chapters have been updated to reflect U.S. Supreme Court decisions up to and including the 2013 term of court. Among the important new cases covered are: Bailey v. United States (2013), Berghuis v. Thompkins (2010), Kentucky v. King (2010), Maryland v. King (2013), and Michigan v. Bryant (2011). A helpful Appendix contains the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, and a Table of Cases lists every case referenced in the text.

Table of Contents

1.  Introduction 2. Results of Failure to Comply with Constitutional Mandates 3. Police Power and Limitations 4. Police Authority to Detain 5. Law of Arrest 6.  Search and Seizure with a Warrant 7.  Search and Seizure without a Warrant 8. Questioning Suspects 9. Pretrial Identification Procedures 10. Taking the Law to the Streets

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Jeffery T. Walker is Professor and Chair in the Department of Justice Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was formerly at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where he served as Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. Walker has written 10 books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. He has obtained more than $9 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and others. He is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Editorial experience includes service as Editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and Journal of Critical Criminology. Walker also served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), conducting major felony crime investigations. Walker received his B.S. in Personnel Management and Computer Science from the University of Arkansas in 1984, and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, in 1988. He completed his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1992.

Craig Hemmens is chair and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University, as well as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University. He is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Professor Hemmens has published 19 books and more than 100 articles on a variety of criminal justice-related topics. He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. In 2016 he was awarded the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) presitigious FOUNDER'S AWARD for outstanding contributions to criminal justice education and ACJS.


Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues provides law enforcement officers valuable up to date information that can be applied to an officers daily assignments. Numerous agencies can use this book in training programs, as well as, the promotional exam process. The book includes basic information that will help a new officer or continue to build a seasoned officer’s understanding of the law. The authors of this book have provided information about various court cases and explain the constitutional issues that Officers will face on a daily basis. In today’s world, this book provides information on what police need to know regarding their powers, liabilities and limitations. Overall, officers are provided a legal guide that is easily followed in this well written book.

-Elizabeth A. Blair, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois, Springfield

Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues is the definitive criminal police procedure book for students. Walker and Hemmens successfully take complicated procedural legal cases and are able to clarify the law in an easily understandable way for students.

-Melinda R. Roberts, Criminal Justice, University of Southern Indiana

I have chosen Legal Guide for Police for my students because it does an excellent job at taking difficult constitutional issues and presenting them in an easy to read text while incorporating important case law.

-Rod Nelson, Criminal Justice, Hennepin Technical College, Director, Law Enforcement Training Services, LLC, and Former Captain, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Walker and Hemmens have done a masterful job in providing a legal text that is comprehensive with current important legal cases which is easy to read. The text is among one of the best sources for providing legal guidance to law enforcement officers and police administrators. Walker and Hemmens provide a detailed review of important legal principles underscored with current case decisions which is most useful for guiding field decisions and operations for street officers and command personnel. I have used the text for years as a source in teaching criminal procedures and in researching case law for providing expert witness services. Moreover, the book should be required reading in all police academies and every police administrator should have copies of the book available to all officers and command personnel within the department. The book provides a valuable and practical legal source and without reservation I highly endorse it.

-Darrell L. Ross, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University

Walker and Hemmens have written a well-organized, comprehensive text on the constitutional issues related to policing. The authors’ presentation is accessible and relevant for both experienced police officers and students of policing. Their guide blends discussions about legal doctrines and precedents with the real work of policing.

-Barbara Belbot, Criminal Justice, University of Houston, Downtown

A fundamentally important addition to Police Academy curriculums and academic library Police Science & Law Enforcement Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists, "Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues" is so accessibly written, organized and presented that it is also highly recommended for public safety and advocacy groups dealing with the kinds of police shootings that are in today's news headlines and the focus/cause of so much civil unrest. Indeed, "Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues" would be highly appropriate for community library collections in every major municipality in the country.

- Carl Logan, Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Bookwatch

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