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Blackstone's Policing for the Special Constable [Paperback]

Trish McCormack , Barry Spruce , Bob Underwood , Bryn Caless
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25 April 2013
Blackstone's Policing for the Special Constable is the second edition of the bestselling Blackstone's Handbook for the Special Constabulary, representing the changing needs of this unique volunteer group within the police service. Drawing on both the 2011 National Strategy for the Special Constabulary and conforming with the IL4SC (Initial Learning for the Special Constabulary), it is designed to be an invaluable learning resource for students and new recruits as well as a useful reference and refresher tool for the experienced Special.

Covering each stage of being a Special, from recruitment and initial training to the full range of duties, the authors describe and explain the day-to-day encounters and experiences of being a Special with today's police service. Expert guidance on the law, police powers, and professional standards is given, along with clear operational advice on crime scene management, managing people and incidents, working within Neighbourhood Policing Teams, and dealing with public order situations.

Comprehensive and practical, this book is essential reading for anyone joining or thinking of joining the Special Constabulary, especially those on pre-join or policing studies courses. It will also be of interest to Specials trainers and managers, and sergeants and inspectors responsible for Specials.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199671699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199671694
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Bryn Caless is Senior Lecturer in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of, or contributor to, a number of Blackstone's texts, including on police practice and PCSOs. After an active military career, Bryn was appointed Head of HR for Kent Police and Director of the Kent Police College, where he served for eight years before returning to academic work and researching the roles and opinions of chief police officers in UK and in Europe. He is editor of Blackstone's PCSO Handbook and a contributor to Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Practice and Procedure.

Patricia (Trish) McCormack was a police inspector in charge of training for Special Constables in Kent Police until 2012 when she became an Associate Tutor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Barry Spruce is the Head of the Extended Policing Family department at Kent Police, which includes the Special Constabulary and he has co-authored a number of Blackstone's texts with Bryn Caless. Barry is currently studying for a PhD in Criminology at Canterbury Christ Church University, focusing on the extended policing family and the voluntary sector.

Robert (Bob) Underwood is a Lecturer in Policing in the Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University and a former Kent Police officer. Together with colleagues from both organizations he was responsible for the design of the Foundation Degree in Policing which formed the basis of initial police training and education in Kent. He contributes to several other books in the Blackstone's series, including Blackstone's Handbook for Policing Students and Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Practice and Procedure.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Constabulary 5 Sep 2013
By Sussman TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book is the second, updated, edition which gives a thorough overview of what it is to be a member of the Special Constabulary. The format and layout is designed for the reader to home in on areas of interest in a readable fashion. From the beginning of the text this book explains what it is to be a Special and the role it plays within policing in UK society today.

Sections are split between pure narrative, flow charts and summaries. As other reviewers have commented if this type voluntary work in policing is of interest, than this is also the book for you, as it will contain all the material you will need. The book will also be of interest to those work with, manage and other ancillary staff who work closely in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive and indispensable 1 July 2013
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This book is the standard police Blackstone, adapted for the Specials. The treatment, as always, is clear, giving you just the information you need. As the authors say at the beginning, you are unlikely to read this from cover to cover. Read the introductory material first, seeing how your role fits into the overall police structure, including regulars and community officers, and then dip into topics as they arise.

The treatment is friendly and readable, with lots of bullet points. The three authors seem to have got the approach just right.

If you are a Special, or are thinking of becoming one, you need this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Special's bible. 17 Oct 2013
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This book certainly lives up to the expectations I had in terms of quality, based on previous experiences with Blackstone's guides. It contains everything a Special Constable needs to know, both whilst training and whilst on the job for reference. The content is written in a concise manner so that it can be dipped in and out of and understood easily, whilst also being in enough detail to ensure you learn exactly what is required of you to perform your job. Unreservedly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference work 23 Sep 2013
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Blackstone's Policing for the Special ConstableThis is a detailed and technically driven piece of work that is not intended to be read as a novel from start to finish; but needs to be referred to for particular information appropriate to the training schedule you are working to. The parts of most interest come under Powers and Duties, there are also a range of topics from forensics to going to court and also tests to check your progress from time to time. As I said it is detailed and although my description is brief the content is not.
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