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Recommended for CID,
This review is from: Effective Prosecution: Working In Partnership with the CPS (Blackstone's Practical Policing) (Paperback)Written by a Detective Sergeant in the Met and a Crown Prosecutor, this book is aimed at police officers working in investigative roles and preparing case files for court. Notionally, it is also aimed at CPS Prosecutors, but I cannot find much in here that would be of use - there are no sections guiding CPS employees on police procedures, only for police officers on CPS requirements. That being said, the book contains helpful sections on interviewing witnesses and suspects which, although a little basic compared to other offerings, are nevertheless helpful guides and serve as useful summaries. There are also excellent sections on dealing with legal advisers, disclosure of material (both pre-interview and pre-trial) and presenting evidence at court. I can particularly recommend the guide to the handling of sensitive material.
The bulk of the book is a guide to effective case file preparation, explaining what is required on what forms and why. I am an officer of some experience, based in a CID unit, but I found it useful - even though I have built more case files than I care to remember. If the book could have one motto, it would be "Think Trial" - and everything in here is aimed to assist officers in getting the right outcome at court. There is no part of the post-arrest investigation stage left out.
There is less in the book for uniform officers - especially if they have no case-prep work or post-arrest work to do - but for those working in volume crime, it would be of equal benefit. The book is both practical and readable throughout. Highly recommended, and the only reference book of its kind I have come across.