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California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook

Written and updated by the California Department of Justice, the Sourcebook has been the primary teaching and training manual for all California Peace Officers since it was first published in 1984.

This book will arm law enforcement personnel with the knowledge to succeed at their jobs and provide basic legal principles and information, often with specific examples, to help you exercise good judgment. As an educational and training text you will learn how "the law" relates to the many different aspects of your job and provides a means of helping you keep up with the major changes in criminal law.

This Sourcebook has a "conviction bias." If the purpose of your investigation is to just arrest or confiscate property rather than convict, this Sourcebook is not for you. If you are interested in increasing your professionalism through knowledge of the law and learning techniques which will result in obtaining and upholding convictions, read this book.

Chapter List

  1. This sourcebook and the law
  2. Search and seizure persons
  3. Search and seizure premises
  4. Search and seizure vehicles
  5. Search and seizure misc
  6. Search warrants
  7. Statements
  8. Lineups and showups
  9. Report writing
  10. Criminal process
  1. Criminal process
  2. Evidence
  3. Testimony
  4. Criminal law
  5. Juvenile law
  6. Civil disputes
  7. Traffic law
  8. Driving under the influence
  9. Table of cases
  10. Subject matter index
  Purchasing Options

Hardcopy Sourcebook
Purchase a complete Hardcopy Sourcebook, a complete Hardcopy Sourcebook plus one year of revisions or renew your current subscription.
Complete Hardcopy
Sourcebook
plus 1 year of revision updates
$186.00
includes tax and shipping

Complete Hardcopy
No revision updates
$101.00

Renew current
subscription
includes 1 year of revision updates*
$85.00



*Important Note for Renewals

Before renewing your hardcopy subscription, it is important for you to check your Sourcebook for the most recent revision number/date. Your Sourcebook must be no more than two (2) updates behind.

Your current revision # can be found on the top of the first blue page or the revision date can be found on the bottom right corner of any page in Chapter 18.

Current revision: #189

If your revision number is more than two revisions old, please call (877) 267-9273.