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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (23 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192807021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192807021
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.1 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Turner on 13 Nov 2007
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This is the only dictionary on the market which caters for the full range of law enforcement issues. It has obviously been carefully researched by the editors who are, respectively, a barrister and a former senior police officer. It is a must buy for anyone studying or involved in the law, criminology or investigation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hammond on 20 Jan 2010
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Wether your studying law enforment, studying law, or just purly interested in enforment law (police), then this dictionary book will help you and will certaintly be a good reference if you ever hear something you dont understand or if you dont know what a certain something means. Alot of people dont understand what police are talking about half the time, so this is the book to help you out to understand!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eurochatnoir on 26 Feb 2011
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I bought this book before starting a job in law enforcement. Having never worked in that area, I thought it would be an essential reference tool. It has proved useful on a few occasions but it is by no means comprehensive. I have looked up many terms that just weren't included and they were clearly law enforcement terms. Google came to the rescue in those cases!
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By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

This new publication is an adaptation of what many lawyers will remember as ‘A Dictionary of Law’ some years ago. OUP have excelled with this practical, succinct pocket dictionary which is an essential reference resource to dip into involving all matters criminal.

The Oxford Paperback Reference series remain the world’s most trusted reference books. This new title on law enforcement fits in nicely with current trends in the criminal justice process at whatever level of involvement. The reader encounters words they may be unfamiliar with regularly as law enforcement becomes increasingly a multi-agency activity

Graham Gooch and Michael Williams have, between them, over sixty years’ experience of the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes which meets the new needs of our law enforcement community. The original law dictionary has now been expanded to meet the needs of those enforcing the law. Gooch and Williams succeed with their aim in providing a clear definition of the terms which are new and specific to law enforcement. There are also more detailed explanations where necessary with key cases and statutory provisions cited where appropriate.

This dictionary has a very wide application because so many potential readers will find it of use as law enforcement becomes a major significant area of applied criminology. Years ago when I wrote a number of textbooks on Criminology and lectured the subject at University I was in need of a pocket book of this size and detail to assist myself as well as the students whenever we needed to find a definition of worth.
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A great dictionary.... 25 May 2014
By Phillip Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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TO DIP INTO

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

This new publication is an adaptation of what many lawyers will remember as ‘A Dictionary of Law’ some years ago. OUP have excelled with this practical, succinct pocket dictionary which is an essential reference resource to dip into involving all matters criminal.

The Oxford Paperback Reference series remain the world’s most trusted reference books. This new title on law enforcement fits in nicely with current trends in the criminal justice process at whatever level of involvement. The reader encounters words they may be unfamiliar with regularly as law enforcement becomes increasingly a multi-agency activity

Graham Gooch and Michael Williams have, between them, over sixty years’ experience of the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes which meets the new needs of our law enforcement community. The original law dictionary has now been expanded to meet the needs of those enforcing the law. Gooch and Williams succeed with their aim in providing a clear definition of the terms which are new and specific to law enforcement. There are also more detailed explanations where necessary with key cases and statutory provisions cited where appropriate.

This dictionary has a very wide application because so many potential readers will find it of use as law enforcement becomes a major significant area of applied criminology. Years ago when I wrote a number of textbooks on Criminology and lectured the subject at University I was in need of a pocket book of this size and detail to assist myself as well as the students whenever we needed to find a definition of worth. Gooch and Williams have come up with a work of worth which blends the difficulties of terms with an ease of understanding which clients and all associated with criminal justice management would welcome.

The scope of the book is also wide, providing a key reference source for students in further and higher education, with those studying for professional or vocational qualifications and the wider public. We were particularly taken with the clarity of explanation of what we term the ‘scientific solutions’ where we can be confronted with trying to explain in very simple English what DNA is, or what, say, ‘fingertip bruising’ is.

The work put into this dictionary should not be underestimated. It caters for the professional and the novice and it shows the way forward for a modern reference manual covering the framework we now have for law enforcement in all its new guises as regular bouts of criminal justice legislation are passed and alternative methods sought to deal with the perennial problems affecting criminal justice which tend to repeat themselves throughout the ages.

This is a book for the twenty-first century and has excellent supplementary material including abbreviations and acronyms, recordable offences, disclosure code and disclosure guidelines. For instance, just take a quick flick through it and go to ‘diving licence’ which gives the reader exactly what he or she may be looking for regarding factual content when the memory can sometimes play tricks during a pressured conference, and you get the countries where our valid licences apply- not a piece of information we would normally have at our fingertips.

The new direction in which this and, we hope, other OUP dictionaries will go in the future offering the one stop shop for criminal justice definitions is to be welcomed. The unique team of a policeman and an intelligence officer compiling such a work is to be commended as the work of the two agencies tend to become ever closer because of the shrinking of the old ‘splendid isolation’ of our international bodies tasked with law enforcement towards a new age of threat which is far more legal than military in its makeup and needs good legal resources for assistance.

It is to be hoped that the dictionary will be regularly revised with new legislation and it becomes popular as an e-book which readers can view by visiting their website.

Thank you, Messrs Gooch and Williams for setting a modern precedent with your endeavours- Dr Johnson would be very proud of you!
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