A Dictionary of Law Enforcement

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OUP Oxford, Aug 23, 2007 - Law - 432 pages
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A Dictionary of Law Enforcement is the only dictionary available with a primary focus on UK law enforcement terms. Succinct and practical in its approach, it contains over 3,400 entries covering ever aspect of this diverse field, including terms related to law, pathology, forensic medicine, accountancy, insurance, shipping, commerce and trade, criminology, and psychology. Entries are supported by a wealth of practical information, including (where appropriate) citations and references to statutes and legislation. In addition to the definitions, the dictionary also contains five useful appendices: Abbreviations and Acronyms, Recordable Offences, Disclosure Code, Disclosure Guidelines and Disclosure Protocol.. Written by two former police officers, both now lecturers in law and criminal investigation, the dictionary fills a significant gap in the law market and will be invaluable to police officers and trainee officers, students and lecturers of criminology, criminal justice, and police studies, and other professionals needing clear definitions of law enforcement terms.

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A Review by Phillip Taylor MBE Barrister-at-Law
This new publication is an adaptation of what many lawyers will remember as ‘A Dictionary of Law’ some years ago. Oxford University Press 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 I 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. I was particularly taken with the clarity of explanation of what I term the ‘scientific solutions’ where I 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 ‘driving 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 I would normally have at my fingertips.
The new direction in which this and, I 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

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Graham Gooch is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, teaching law and criminal investigation. Following a very short period as a Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1971. Serving mainly in the CID, rising to the rank of detective chief inspector, he worked in various departments including the Metropolitan & City Police Company Fraud Department, and the Serious Fraud Office. On promotion to detective superintendent he transferred to the Lancashire Constabulary serving as Senior Investigating Officer. During his last years of service he read for a first degree in law followed by a Masters degree in law. On retiring from the police service in 2001 he took up his present post at the university. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Association of Law Teachers. He is a reviewer of the iolis legal material for the University of Warwick.
Michael Williams has been involved with the investigation and prosecution of serious crime since joining the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1977. He later held commissioned rank in the Royal Australian Air Force Police and in the British Army Intelligence Corps. Michael is called as a Barrister in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He is a former Senior Crown Prosecutor and Revenue and Customs Prosecutor in England and Wales, Legal Adviser to the Australian Federal Police, and Crown Counsel in Queensland, and is now an Advocate with the General Medical Council.

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