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  • Flexibound: 800 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199597103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199597109
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 9.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A great handbook for anyone who wants a compact guide to terrorism with legistative and procedural content for quick reference. ...succinctly written and clearly structured. Dan Shalom, Metropolitan Police

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Andrew Staniforth is an experienced counter-terrorism investigator who is responsible for designing and delivering training to counter-terrorism officers at one of the four specialist Counter Terrorism Units in the UK. He has been commended for his work on counter-terrorism training by West Yorkshire Police and has also been involved in developing national exercises to examine the preparedness of both covert and overt police counter terrorism assets. The Police National Legal Database (PNLD) is a comprehensive legal database covering all legal information that police officers are required to know. It is housed within West Yorkshire Police Training School at Bishopsgarth in Wakefield and is the official online legal database used by the 43 police forces in England & Wales. Professor Clive Walker is a professor of criminal justice studies at the University of Leeds. He is a specialist in terrorism, the law and police powers and is widely published on the subject. Commander Stuart Osborne oversees the newly established Police National CT Network and is responsible for leading the operational and professional development of the CT network.

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Protecting the public remains the highest priority of the police service, but the perceived growing risk of terrorism over recent years has resulted in the public's protection being severely threatened. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whistlecraft on 14 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Presented in a readable and compact format, the content covers the concept of terrorism and associated legislation and procedures. The authors have compiled an invaluable aide memoir, easy to use as a ready-reference guide for officers in the field as it is to read for general interest on this topical area of political violence, it will become an essential item for every public servant's toolkit.
Part 1 has three sections. The first introduces the concept of terrorism and sets out how it can be classified. It identifies particular characteristics and motivations of terrorists and examines their organisations, tactics and modes of communication.
The second section investigates aspects of countering terrorism including counter-terrorism strategy, terrorist incidents, government commission reports, the intelligence community, role of the Home Office, how to protect national security and threat levels.
The third section includes a brief history of policing terrorism exploring the counter-terrorism policing structure, how domestic extremism is tackled, the terrorism legal framework and practical counter-terrorism policing.
Part 2 examines terrorist activities looking at definitions relating to terrorism and the terrorist. It identifies proscribed organisations and discusses aspects preliminary to an act of terrorism, such as encouragement, preparation and terrorist training. It also examines terrorist property and finance in the context of the Terrorism Act, 2000.
Section two explores the subject of terrorist investigations, after an explanation of the term it looks at powers of stop and search, arrest and detention of suspected persons and rules and regulations connected with ports control.
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By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 July 2009
Format: Paperback
AN IDEAL PRACTICAL RESOURCE FOR POLICE OFFICERS… AND SAD BUT FASCINATING READING FOR US ALL

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Few books are more aptly named than the Counter-Terrorism Handbook- unique, but what it is fighting is unique in its own way with modern technology.

Small enough (almost) for your pocket, and encased appropriately within , sturdy plastic covers, it delivers over 700 pages packed with clear, pertinent and rigorously researched information and guidance on this vexed subject, which has emerged as one of the most serious threats to life and limb in a free society.

Designed to provide all police practitioners with an operational guide to anti-terrorism legislation, this is the first volume of its kind aimed specifically at the police and their counter-terrorism training needs, and very much in the style of military notepads officer cadets (like me) used more years ago than one cares to remember when state resources were more limited, but rather more straightforward in both combat intelligence and physical security policing.

The Handbook contains chapters on the counter-terrorism operational framework, national structures and strategies and the role and functions of key agencies.

The legislative section is compiled by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) and focuses on police powers, procedures and terrorism offences. When we met the authors at the launch, the usp emphasis of the Handbook rests with the excellent ‘points to note’ and case studies which give that blend of field support which is clearly so well needed to police this area of crime today.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Archer on 26 Sept. 2009
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Very useful book for persons seeking to prevent us being attacked by those who would harm us. Useful not only for the Police but also Emergency Planners and Security Managers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AN IDEAL PRACTICAL RESOURCE FOR POLICE OFFICERS... 12 July 2009
By Phillip Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
AND SAD BUT FASCINATING READING FOR US ALL

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Few books are more aptly named than the Counter-Terrorism Handbook- unique, but what it is fighting is unique in its own way with modern technology.

Small enough (almost) for your pocket, and encased appropriately within , sturdy plastic covers, it delivers over 700 pages packed with clear, pertinent and rigorously researched information and guidance on this vexed subject, which has emerged as one of the most serious threats to life and limb in a free society.

Designed to provide all police practitioners with an operational guide to anti-terrorism legislation, this is the first volume of its kind aimed specifically at the police and their counter-terrorism training needs, and very much in the style of military notepads officer cadets (like me) used more years ago than one cares to remember when state resources were more limited, but rather more straightforward in both combat intelligence and physical security policing.

The Handbook contains chapters on the counter-terrorism operational framework, national structures and strategies and the role and functions of key agencies. The legislative section is compiled by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) and focuses on police powers, procedures and terrorism offences. When we met the authors at the launch, the usp emphasis of the Handbook rests with the excellent `points to note' and case studies which give that blend of field support which is clearly so well needed to police this area of crime today.

Lord Carlile, who, in 2001, became "Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation", explains in the Foreword that the highly experienced authors of this excellent book have drawn together the body of counter-terrorism legislation in a form accessible to all stakeholders.

This Handbook which he describes as being designed for police officers will undoubtedly attract attention and interest from a much wider readership, including Ministers, civil servants and lawyers and all aspects of the security services. Carlile draws particular attention to the extensive use of case studies, the 'what-really-happened-when' challenge of the terrorism landscape and as such, an invaluable and certainly crystal clear training resource for specialist and non-specialist officers alike.

Lord Berriew's particular concern, however, is one which we suggest the majority of the British public share and wholeheartedly endorse when he says that terrorism law should be used only for terrorism purposes- how right he is and we know where it hasn't followed this road. He continues, saying that every step outside those purposes provides terrorists with an argument. All in authority are required never to forget that such laws are a step outside the norms of criminal justice legislation.

Such expedients as stop and search...cordoning off specific areas...accessing details of a bank account and so forth, should be used with the utmost caution. Misused or abused, they and similar measures can escalate into serious infringements of cherished, hard-won freedoms within a democracy. Consider, for example, the controversial proposal to introduce compulsory ID cards now discarded, which of course, two out of our three mainstream political parties opposed until the government capitulated, generally citing grounds that ID cards, traditionally the tool of the traditional police state, are a major threat to personal freedom and a very minor threat to the determined terrorist.

Just to digress a bit, this reminds us of a quote from Benjamin Franklin that appeared in the Times `Letters' page a couple of years ago to the effect that `those who would sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither freedom nor safety.' Hmmn - we think Ben was right and, as the problems of terrorism affect us all, we can safely recommend this fascinating and authoritative handbook, not just to the professionals involved, but to the general reader as the ideal resource for modern physical and covert security issues in the modern world.

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There is no Blackstone associated with this book - it is a cheap way to get publicity... 14 Oct. 2010
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Format: Paperback
This is a joke - no Blackstone wrote anything in it, and it is just using my family name to further the jack-booted police state!
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