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Police Field Operations, Sixth Edition 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131122963
ISBN-10: 0131122967
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For courses in police operations/management. This source book is replete with real-life scenarios from an officer's daily regimen. The book details how and why certain procedures are used and presents instructional techniques from leading police academies across the country. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PREFACE

As a peace officer it is your responsibility to preserve the peace and tranquility of your community and to protect the lives and property of the people who live in—and visit—that community. There are few individuals in society who have a more sacred trust than yours. There will be times when you will have to decide whether or not to arrest a suspected offender, and that decision will have a profound influence on many lives and reputations. In less than a second, you may have to decide whether or not to use deadly force, to take the life of someone you believe is presenting an immediate threat to your life or that of someone else. You will make wise decisions, and you will make mistakes as well. There will be times when you will have overwhelming support and other times when you will be all alone, with no one willing to give you moral or physical support. Because of these considerations, service as a peace officer is one of the most selfless and courageous career choices you could make.

Police Field Operations, has been developed over a period of several years from literally hundreds of sources. Training bulletins and course outlines from many police academies and college course offerings, thousands of hours in the classroom and in the field as a working police officer and supervisor, student, administrator, and college professor plus the input of colleagues throughout the world in the criminal justice professions have all been utilized to produce this text. It is my fervent hope that it serves you well and aids you in developing your own base of police knowledge that will enable you to become a true police professional. I have learned a great deal from others; so shall you.

All the information and techniques presented in this book are the culmination of the collective wisdom and experience of my colleagues, both past and present, and represent the best that I could compile and put into this one volume. In the interest of space, we had to leave out many things that should have, or could have, been included. Space constrictions, however, demanded that we include what we considered most important for the well-rounded field police officer.

Once you have settled down into your field duties, you are going to develop a better way to handle some of these procedures, more suited to your own personal style. In the meantime, while you are finding those special ways of doing things your way, may I suggest that you try these. Then as you prove these methods are no longer suitable for your style, discard them. As we move into policing for the twenty-first century, we cannot stand still or we will stagnate.

Once in a while you will read or hear offhand remarks such as "we are going to teach you how police work should be, and not how it has been for many years"—obviously not spoken or written by someone who has been "in the trenches," so to speak. Although it is true that many procedures have changed and many new scientific instruments and techniques have been introduced in recent years, many of the old ones still work. Change just for the sake of change is fruitless; changes must be for improvement of the system. One of the temptations for the professor and the author who are no longer in the field is to change procedures in one's own special environment far removed from reality. I, too, have been tempted to present the ideal solution to many of our unsolved problems only to find that the problems continue to be unsolved despite my brilliant attempts to set the world right. What I aspire to do in this book is to present what I believe to be the best techniques in the real world of police work today.

Sources of information and ideas for this book number literally in the hundreds, but none of this material has been taken verbatim from any source. Most of the blame for errors and omissions must rest with me, and, perhaps, some of the credit. After more than 45 years in Criminal Justice, I have accumulated a lot of information, but the writing is original. Although some critics might note that the footnotes do not represent exhaustive years of research, I have been studying the material for dozens of years. This was not intended to be a survey of other writers' literature; rather, it is basically a book on how to best perform fundamental police procedures as perceived by yours truly.

To you, my fellow professionals, I present this material. I challenge you to improve upon it, even render it obsolete, if you must. If you have had access to previous editions of Police Field Operations, you will notice that the format of the Fifth Edition has been changed for the sake of continuity of instruction. We also added considerable material to the chapters on Community Policing and Stress Reduction as well as adding a few significant cases in the legal sections of the book. I sincerely hope that these changes will meet with your approval.

There are a few people to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude in putting these books together. First, I want to acknowledge the comments and suggestions received from my reviewers: James Kobolt, Lake Superior State University; Monte Clampett, A. B. Tech.; and Edward Maguire, University of Nebraska-Omaha. Second, many thanks to Kimberly Davies, Neil Marquardt, Robin Baliszewski, Adele Kupchik, and Rose Mary Florio of Prentice Hall. Thanks also to Lori Dalberg at Carlisle Publishers Service for making my writing look good. And special thanks to Maria Elizete Adams, who put up with me in marital bliss (?) since 1991. I could have never done it alone.

Tom Adams,
Santa Ana, California --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (May 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131122967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131122963
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Too vague and general for someone using the book to use as a reference. Does not go into a lot of key points you actually use on patrol. Also, tends to make remarks that do not reflect the reality of todays police work. The author seems out of touch with policing today.
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This book was on the required reading list for a California POST promotional exam. It would have been more appropriate if third graders were taking the exam. It seems evident that since the author is a college professor, this book is surely required reading for his classes. It's poorly written, overly wordy, and seems to have a target audience of simpletons. I tried and tried to get through the book but every page was so badly cliched that I could not.

No need to take my word for it though, I'll let the book speak for itself.
Here are some of the gems of wisdom from the book:

"If you have been assigned to an urgent call to respond to a robbery in progress, you will not stop and cite a person who is speeding five miles over the speed limit" (page 251)

"Inspecting wondows usually involves first checking for any broken glass..." (page 177)

"Someone may ask you where the best place to get a lobster dinner without having to pay for maintenance of the lobster traps...if there is more than one of each of these places then you should tell the inquirer about more than one of them so it will not appear that you are a walking advertisemnt for specific business establishments. Of course, if there is only one of each of these places, you will have no complaints about preferential treatment. Save the brocures and coupons for your personal use". (Seriously, page 25)

...anyway....it goes on and on like this. I saw in the front jacket that the author was a LT. in SoCal at some point. The long winded blowhardedness of the writing style does remind me of the way some Command Staffers will talk at meetings just to hear their voices for extended periods. Incidentally, I did end up using this book as kindling, and I still got promoted.
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By A Customer on February 28, 2001
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I had to read this book for a promotional examination and found it to be a good refresher of the very basic points that we all learned at the beginning of our police careers. When I am approached by someone who is not yet in police work and wants to read a good, simply written and understandable book on law enforcement, I always recommend this one. It may seem to be too basic for those of us in this field for the years I have served, but many areas are still very relevant.
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My department changed the reading material for a promotional exam from Callibre Press to this junk. I was forced to read and internalize it; I hated it. This book is intollerable from the front cover. Take a look at the guy in the graphic. He is holding a flashlight in his gun hand; nuf said?
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By gyphntr on January 25, 2009
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Miserable read. Completely unrealistic and one-track BS - only about community policing. This book seems to be written by some retired policeman that is so far removed from the reality of day-to-day operations that makes one believe some of this to be fiction. Too many references to "when I was an officer". Several days of my life that i will never get back. WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY ! ZERO STARS but unfortunately, that was not an option.
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I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IT IS POORLY WRITTEN AND IT SEEMS THAT EVERY EDITION GETS WORSE. SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY.
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Good book for the new recruit or college student if interested in the criminal justice and police field. Just a review of standard principles and procedures for any officer that has been working for any amount of time. Recommended reading for the PSUP 302 Supervisory Exam, but should be able to get away w/out buying the book for the exam.
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Book is awful. Author repeats himself endlessly as if the audience is a group of 5 year olds. Information dated and not helpful. Far too many personal opinions of the author which he treats as undebateable in his book but are seriously flawed. Tests should not be based on this book.
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