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A Practical Guide to Criminal Investigations for Local Government Officers Paperback – 7 Aug 2002

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The book is intended for busy Local Government Officers who are charged with the responsibility for the investigation of Criminal Offences. These investigations may range from straight forward Licensing offences to complex fraud cases. It has been written from the perspective of the officer by an experienced practioner and the main purposes of the text are twofold: Firstly, to provide the reader with an appreciation of the legal framework in which such investigations must be conducted and the rules which apply to the gathering and use of evidence. Secondly, to provide the busy field officer with an easy-to-understand, practical text which may be referred to during an investigation to confirm that the rules have been adhered to. KEY POINTS 1) The rules relating to the gathering and use of evidence for criminal proceedings are complex but an understanding of these rules is essential for cases to be successfully prosecuted. This text will provide an overview of these rules and practical tips for officers to help them comply with the requirements. 2) Law Textbooks are often too complicated for field staff to consult and do not relate the rules of evidence to the work of Local Authority Officers. This text will de-mystify the process of evidence gathering. 3) Small mistakes made during an investigation may lead to vital evidence being ruled out as inadmissible by the Courts. The aim of this text is to provide a field-guide that can easily be consulted during the course of an investigation to avoid such errors. 4) The text is written by an experienced practitioner for practitioners. Most law books are written by lawyers who do not have any hands on experience of evidence gathering.

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