Criminal Law for Police Officers (9th Edition)

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9780131188129: Criminal Law for Police Officers (9th Edition)

Known for its accessible writing style that avoids confusing jargon and excess "legalese," the 9th edition of Criminal Law for Police Officers continues to deliver a clear, concise and lively introduction to criminal law for police officers and other criminal justice practitioners. This best-selling text includes coverage of all the latest laws and Supreme Court decisions, and presents thought-provoking questions that stimulate critical thinking and class discussions.

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The ninth edition of Criminal Law for Police Officers presents the historical concepts" fundamental to understanding criminal law. The book is written in a non-legalese format, which makes it very student friendly. Areas covered include jurisdiction, matters of responsibility and accountability, and general principles about the criminal act.

New to this edition:
  • New example added to chapter seven on assaults on sports officials
  • More material added to the "suicide by cop" in chapter eight
  • The section in chapter nine, which deals with sodomy, has been re-written in compliance with a recent Supreme Court case.
  • The section in chapter nine which addresses the civil commitment of convicted sexual predators and offenders with registration requirements under Megan's Law
  • Added material on the Amber Alert to chapter fifteen
  • New material on dealing with violators of the telemarketing fraud laws, new section on insurance fraud has been added to chapter twenty-two
  • Statistical information has been updated in all chapters

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In this ninth edition, I have again listened to the comments of reviewers and made some changes. The basic format of the book has not changed but there are some areas of organization of content that needed clarification. In the introductory section of chapter 4, I explain why I have included the topics of attempts, solicitation and conspiracy in this chapter rather than treating them in a separate chapter. Similarly, I address why the topic of causation is included in this chapter.

A subtitle has been added to Chapter 6 with art explanation in the introduction that many of the issues covered are considered affirmative defenses.

The section on statutory assaults has been retitled and expanded to include statutory batteries.

In Chapter 9, the section on sodomy has been rewritten to address a recent Supreme Court decision. The section previously titled Criminal Sexual Psychopath Laws has been retitled and rewritten to cover the civil commitment of sexual offenders and predators and sexual offender registration laws (often referred to as Megan's Law.)

The section on kidnapping in chapter 15 now contains material on the national Amber alert program. Updated statistics on juveniles on death row are included in Chapter 18 and statistical materials on money laundering have been included in Chapter 22. Other changes in Chapter 22 include some new material on telemarketing fraud laws and a new section on insurance fraud.

In addition the changes mentioned, materials have been updated where necessary, new questions for discussion have been added to some chapters, new contemporary examples and illustrations of legal points have been added, and many chapters contain new sidebar material some of which are for fun and some are hopefully informative.

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