The only portable, succinct law reference for police officers on the beat
Covers over 100 different offences in the areas of general crime, assaults, drugs, sexual offences, public disorder, firearms, licensing, and road traffic
Written and endorsed by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) - the officially endorsed online legal information service for police forces in England and Wales
Clearly lays out all the legislation you need on patrol along with points to prove, powers of arrest, related cases, and practical considerations
Useful appendices at the back of the book contain dates of religious festivals and events, traffic data, a firearms ages chart, and handy contact and web addresses
Fully up to date with the latest legislation
Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2022 is designed specifically to meet the reference needs of officers whilst out on patrol. Written in a concise and accessible style, it covers a wide range of common offences and clearly explains and interprets the relevant legislation. Using clear and consistent presentation throughout, each chapter offers you a definition of the offence, the points to prove, and a clear system of icons covering police powers and mode of trial. At a glance, you can access everything you need to make a quick, informed decision in a host of everyday policing situations.
The fifteenth edition of this highly regarded and successful Handbook is fully updated to include all recent legislative developments, including updates from the Stalking Protection Act 2019, the Data Protection Act 2018, Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 s 60, new European Commission implementing Regulation - Rules and Procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones), Offensive Weapons Act 2019 amending the Firearms Act 1968 s 5 relating to the prohibition of certain firearms, changes in consequence of the Sentencing Act 2020, and clarification of defences relating to serious assaults committed for the purpose of sexual gratification introduced by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. The book also includes over 40 recent cases across the chapters, primarily from the Court of Appeal and House of Lords, providing the reader with up-to-date judgments related to how the law is being interpreted and applied by the courts.
Whatever your role - police patrol officer, supervisor, student police officer, PCSO, or Special Constable - this is an invaluable tool for operational personnel