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Police Officer's Handbook: An Introductory Guide

Author(s): Robert S. Stering, Westfield State College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763747893
  • ISBN-10:0763747890
  • Paperback    198 pages      © 2005
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Police Officer's Handbook: An Introductory Guide provides you with an understanding of the situations, problems, and conflicts that police officers face daily. This is an indispensable resource for law enforcement students and professionals. The Police Officer's Handbook is divided into two parts. Part One discusses what police officers do and how they accomplish their tasks. It also takes a closer look at the role of the police officer today. Part Two offers you an opportunity to put yourself into the role of the police officer. Through scenarios you will examine some of the day-to-day incidents that police officers face on the street. After reading this text, you will gain practical knowledge and understand how to resolve a variety of conflicts.

After reading this text, you will:

  • Receive a thorough overview of patrol procedures with an emphasis on interacting with the public.
  • Learn how to exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Learn the amount of force deemed appropriate to resolve a dangerous situation.
  • Learn about the proper demeanor and tactics -- verbal, physical, assertive, or passive -- to use to resolve an incident.
  • Learn how to apply information from life experiences, the media, and common sense to a given situation.


Features & Benefits

This text is a scenario-based training experience for the student, which can be conducted as either role playing in class, class discussion, or as a written assignment.

This text is divided into two main parts: Part I is an overview of police procedures with objective questions and situations; Part II is a more defined breakdown of police calls and the reader is faced with situations which require him/her to make decisions.  The deeper into the chapter, the more decisions the reader has to make. 

Chapters in Part I include the following key features

  • Knowledge Objectives: This feature lists the cognitive objectives of the chapter and identifies what the students are expected to learn.
  • Skills Ojectives: This feature  identifies the psychomotor objectives. It identifies the physical skills needed to accomplish the goals.
  • Your Assignment: This feature provides a scenario that students resolve by the end of the chapter.
  • In-Service Training: This feature provides helpful information to the student.
  • From the Experts: This feature includes a voice of experience, words of wisdom from the experts.
  • Caution: This feature gives officer safety tips.
  • Key Terms: Key terms are highlighted in the text and defined at the end of the chapter.
  • Your Assignment—Results: This feature offers the solution to the scenario at the beginning of the chapter. In many cases, there may not be a “right” answer, but the solution given will be a practical and responsible approach for dealing with the issue that was presented. These solutions are always open to classroom discussion and may vary based on the local or state laws that prevail in the jurisdiction in which the course is taught.
  • Your Next Assignment: This is another scenario that will provoke questions or discussion.
  • Call for Service: This feature offers additional scenarios for students to ponder.

Part I: The Basics
Chapter 1: The Police: Who Are They and What Do They Do?   
Chapter 2: What Types Oo Calls Do the Police Respond To? 
Chapter 3: Equipment and Technology: How It Affects Patrol
Chapter 4: What Do Communities Expect from Police Officers?
Chapter 5: Preliminary Reports 
Chapter 6: Follow-Up     
Chapter 7: Taking the Police Report to the Next Step--Court   
Chapter 8: Interviews and Interrogations  
Chapter 9: General Searches and Searches of Persons    
Chapter 10: Motor Vehicle Searches   
Chapter 11: Building Searches    

Part II: Putting it Together
Chapter 12: Motor Vehicle Stops: Minor Infractions and Traffic Violations
Chapter 13: Motor Vehicle Stops: Driving Under the Influence--Drugs or Alcohol 
Chapter 14: Motor Vehicle Stops: Dangerous Situations  
Chapter 15: Domestic Violence     
Chapter 16: Suspicious Persons, Motor Vehicles, and Activities   
Chapter 17: Alarm Responses
Chapter 18: Pulling It All Together

Robert S. Stering-Westfield State College

Robert S. Stering is a retired police officer who worked for 25 years in a relatively large agency, which consisted of 160 members serving a city population of 60,000.  He spent time in patrol and administrative areas including evidence officer, department accreditation manager, planning and research, and was a crime analyst for the last 17 years of his career.

During his last 17 years, he was instrumental in the department becoming nationally accredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (C.A.L.E.A.) and twice under the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, MPAC ).

Robert S. Stering was a founding member of Massachusetts Police Accreditation Coalition (MASS-Pac), an organized group of law enforcement agencies that met monthly for the purpose of achievement of accreditation within their own respective agencies.  This was the first coalition formed in the United States and was a model for many states in the years to come.

Robert S. Stering is also a Certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst, (C.C.I.A.), receiving certification from California State College, the California Department of Justice, and Westfield State College.  He is also the founder of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA).

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