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Blackstone's Police Manuals 2011: Four Volume Set Paperback – 12 Aug 2010


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  • Paperback: 1512 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 13 edition (12 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199591199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199591190
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 10.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Paul Connor LLB is a Police Training Consultant and is a member of the ICIDP Curriculum Review Group. He has previously been involved in training activities with the ICIDP and NIE. Paul is also the consultant editor for the Blackstone's Police Manuals and author of Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook, Blackstone's Police Investigators' Q&As and Blackstone's Sergeants' Mock Examination Paper. Fraser Sampson LLB, LLM, MBA is the Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire Police Authority. Formerly Head of the National Police Training Examinations and Assessment Unit and of the Police Law Unit at national law firm Walker Morris, he is also an Associate Tutor at the University of Glamorgan. He has written and spoken widely in the news media on current Police Law issues and is a leading authority in this area. Glenn Hutton BA, MPhil, FCIPD is a Director of Psychometric Technology Limited which designs and publishes psychological tests and provides selection and assessment services. Formerly a Superintendent in North Yorkshire Police, he also worked as Head of NPT Examinations and Assessment, Head of Training in North Yorkshire and as both Course Director and Director of Studies at the Police Staff College, Bramshill. Gavin McKinnon LLB, LLM, MSc, MCIPR is Chief Superintendent and Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at the National Policing Improvement Agency with responsibility for marketing and communications, legal services, corporate governance, policy, and equality and diversity. He was formerly an officer in the RUC/PSNI, and Deputy Director of the Home Office Police Reform Unit. Simon Cooper MA, LLB is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford where he teaches Criminal Law and Evidence. Previously, he was a serving police officer with the Greater Manchester Police from 1976 to 1983, the majority of this time being spent on road traffic duties. He has published widely in numerous legal journals and is the co-author of Elliot & Wood's Cases and Material on Criminal Law. With Michael Orme, he has written Road Traffic Law, part of the Blackstone's Practical Policing Series. Michael Orme BA retired from Greater Manchester Police in November 2004 having completed 30 years police service. He specialised in Road Traffic Policing in his career, having spent over 25 years on Road Policing Units both on inner city and territoral divisions. David Johnston LLB, LLM is a barrister and Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service. Formerly a member of the NPT Examinations and Assessment team, he is an OSPRE Assessor and previously worked as a legal researcher for the Home Office in Harrogate.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Hartley on 23 Dec. 2010
Since these are the exam syllabus for police promotion nationally, Blackstone's unfortunately have a guaranteed customer base for these books - and because of their unique position they have no equal competition from other books, giving them little incentive to improve.

The books are poorly organised, and hard to read. They list vast chunks of information sometimes without making much effort to explain or organise it properly. Where explanatory paragraphs are inserted here and there, they often simply waffle without actually making anything any clearer. In a few places - the unsatisfactory performance chapter for example - they mindlessly repeat entire pages and paragraphs almost verbatim without commenting on the fact, apparently not realising that they could have said that two situations are almost identical but for a few particular details. In some places complicated legislation is paraphrased in a way that destroys the meaning by mashing up the structure, so the conjunctions are impossible to follow - in several cases I've had to look up the original legislation online, because it's clearer than Blackstone's attempt to explain it. In some places, the wording is so vague that the authors seem to be trying to gloss over the fact that they don't really know what they're saying, let alone able to explain it to the reader.

The entire emphasis appears to be on quantity rather than quality. I'm only putting up with these books because of their (undeserved) authoritative position. If I knew with confidence which of the alternative books covers the whole syllabus properly, I'd read that instead and bin these.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daly on 13 Sept. 2010
This is a great product to study for OSPRE but as a new officer this does me little good. The book is not logically set out for my needs and simply lists legislation which is not in a manner easy to learn and recall for use on the street.

I am looking to buy the Beat Officers Companion instead as the reviews of this seem to suit my needs better.Beat Officer's Companion 2010/2011
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JS WEBSTER on 18 Sept. 2010
Spot on just what you need both for the exam and to keep your knowledge upto date
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By Gary on 10 Jan. 2015
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A1 product. Recommended.
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