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11th Edition

Legal Guide for Police
Constitutional Issues

ISBN 9780367023249
Published February 20, 2019 by Routledge
264 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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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Jeffery T. Walker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Walker has written 10 books and almost 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has obtained over $12 million in grants from the Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Science Foundation, and others. His areas of interest are social/environmental factors of neighborhoods, legal issues of policing, and crime mapping/crime analysis. 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. Previous publications include articles in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and the books Leading Cases in Law Enforcement (10th Edition) and Foundations of Crime Analysis. Dr. Walker also served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), conducting major felony crime investigations. In September 2001, Dr. Walker was mobilized to provide counterintelligence, protective services, and force protection support to military personnel in U.S. and overseas locations. His final assignment was Superintendent of Counter-intelligence Investigations at Headquarters/AFOSI in Washington, D.C.

Craig Hemmens is a 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 Washington State University, at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University, and at 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 20 books and more than 200 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) prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice education and ACJS.


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