Legal Guide for Police

Constitutional Issues


  • Jeffery Walker
  • Craig Hemmens

Today’s law enforcement officers, who are required to be highly knowledgeable about the law, will find this guide to be a valuable tool, 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.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-5588-6


"Legal Guide for Police provides a somewhat broader understanding of laws and court decisions. Although the cases covered are not as in-depth as the Briefs [of Leading Cases in Law] book, Legal Guide contains plenty of discussion to aid officers in understanding the law. This book also includes other court decisions besides those of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The authors of both of these books not only have a strong legal background, one also has experience as an LEO. Therefore, legal jargon that's often contained in cases is recast in language that can both be understood by officers and applied in everyday work. The books can build a strong understanding of the law and can also serve as a wonderful study tool for promotion tests. The books are updated approximately every two years to ensure officers have the most up-to-date information on the laws that affect them. Many law enforcement agencies already use one or both of these books in promotional exams and training. In addition, the authors take feedback from agencies and officers seriously when updating both books."

Table of Contents

1. Results of Failure to Comply with Constitutional Mandates

2. Police Power and Limitations

3. Police Authority to Detain

4. Law of Arrest

5. Search and Seizure with a Warrant

6. Search and Seizure without a Warrant

7. Questioning Suspects

8. Pretrial Identification Procedures

Appendix: Bill of Rights (First Ten Amendments) and Fourteenth Amendment