Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues, 11th 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 an up-to-date understanding of the law.
Authors Walker and Hemmens have included introductory and summary chapters to aid readers in understanding the context, importance, and applicability of the case law. A new chapter covers warrantless searches involving cell phones and other technology, as well as vehicles. All chapters have been updated to reflect U.S. Supreme Court decisions up to and including the 2018 term of court. Important cases added to this edition include: Riley v. California (2014), Florida v. Jardines (2013), Birchfield v. North Dakota (2016), Heien v. North Carolina (2014), and Byrd v. United States (2018). A helpful Appendix contains the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, and a Table of Cases lists every case referenced in the text.
Jeffery Walker and Craig Hemmens’s Legal Guide for Police: Constitutional Issues is hands down the best book available for anyone who is interested in understanding the complexities of how the U.S. Constitution and case law is applied in policing today. It is a must read for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students, as well as practitioners in the field.
Tony Gaskew, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford
In Legal Guide for Police, Jeffrey Walker and Craig Hemmens, two of the nation’s preeminent legal scholars, provide exceptionally effective, clear explanations of the details and nuances of police officers’ legal authority. Police officers, as well as students and citizens interested in policing, will benefit from the authors’ careful attention to the circumstances in which specific rules apply. The thorough, well-written coverage of recent court decisions makes the book an essential resource for officers and invaluable teaching tool for instructors seeking to provide up-to-date knowledge about changing areas of law.
Christopher E. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
Legal Guide for Police is a preeminent text for police officers and criminal justice students. It is a book where legal principle meets real life practitioner work. Walker and Hemmens incorporate well the basic ideas of underlying legal thought while not losing sight of the target audience of the book.
Kevin Buckler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Houston-Downtown
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Results of Failure to Comply with Constitutional Mandates
Chapter 3. Police Power and Limitations
Chapter 4. Police Authority to Detain
Chapter 5. Law of Arrest
Chapter 6. Search and Seizure with a Warrant
Chapter 7. Search and Seizure without a Warrant
Chapter 8. Specialized Searches Without a Warrant: Vehicles, Dogs, and Technology
Chapter 9. Questioning Suspects
Chapter 10. Pretrial Identification Procedures
Chapter 11. Taking the Law to the Streets
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Because Chapter 11 offers closing thoughts on constitutional issues in policing, no test bank questions or case study have been provided for that chapter.