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NCJ Number: 203084 Find in a Library
Title: Quick Reference Guide to Contemporary Criminal Procedure for Law Enforcement Officers
Author(s): Mark E. Bannon
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 171
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-07425-9
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Handbook
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book provides a quick reference manual to law enforcement officers in clarifying the application of certain important U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to criminal procedure, and assists officers in conducting criminal investigations and promotional examinations.
Abstract: Criminal procedure refers to the mechanisms under which crimes are investigated, prosecuted, adjudicated, and punished, and includes the protections of the accused persons’ constitutional rights. This reference guide on contemporary criminal procedure assists law enforcement officers to deal with the issues that they may encounter in their communities. It gathers into a handbook format some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions to aid officers in understanding the nature and impact of these decisions and acts as a tool for officers in decisions in their everyday work. The guide considers 14 areas where the Court has made important decisions about police conduct. In making these decisions, the Court must balance the protection of individual rights of citizens with the need for effective law enforcement. The 14 areas or chapters were selected because they are considered particularly troublesome for police and prosecutors and courts of law. The 14 chapters include: (1) arrests and entry to make arrests; (2) detention and searches of persons; (3) search and seizure defined; (4) search incident to arrest; (5) vehicle searches; (6) consent to search; (7) “plain view” and “plain feel” doctrines; (8) inventory searches; (9) “open fields,” cartilage, and aerial surveillance; (10) “exclusionary rule” and “fruit of the poisonous tree;” (11) police interrogation; (12) probable cause; (13) use of informants; and (14) entrapment.
Main Term(s): US Supreme Court decisions
Index Term(s): Police criminal investigation training; Police policies and procedures; Police procedures training; Police training; Probable cause; Procedure manuals
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