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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene inves Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate.

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Aug 28, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , how-to , educational. This book is one that any writer who plans on making a killing no pun intended on crime fiction should definitely read.

A large amount of crime writers get their inspiration from what they see on television. This book is one of the most useful that I've ever read. Aug 13, Linda C. This is a great reference book for writers who wish to understand police procedures. It is more than that though. Lee explains how the hierarchy of law enforcement is structured between local police departments, sheriffs departments, the state police, the FBI, the ATF, the U.

Marshals and more. He also gives examples of terminology we all have heard and thought we understood. Such as the difference between a crime scene and the scene of a crime. They are different. Or the difference between homic This is a great reference book for writers who wish to understand police procedures. Or the difference between homicide, murder, and manslaughter. No they are not synonyms. Yes, this book would make a fabulous gift for writers in your life that even want to barely touch on crime as an aspect in their work to help avoid making cringe-worthy mistakes, but it would also make a great gift for anyone who is interested in going into law enforcement.

It would be an excellent reference book for someone trying to understand all the new lingo and terminology involved in that profession. I have to think it would be better written than a lot of dry as sawdust textbooks on the subject. Lee has a great sense of humor and it comes though on the page. This is a great book even if you aren't interested in writing about crime or going into law enforcement, for it will help you to understand the occupational complexities of those who are sworn to protect and defend us.

Informative and more interesting than the average reference book. The author may not have intended it this way but this book explains a lot of the police shootings of unarmed citizens.

It goes on and on about training with all sorts of weapons. There wasn't a single chapter on de-escalation, because I'm guessing this isn't something they're taught. I'll for sure never touch drugs and the amount of detail he went into about autopsies was enough to turn my stomach. Nov 14, Raimey Gallant rated it really liked it. I bought this how-to for authors to prepare myself for plotting a mystery.

After reading this and interviewing the representative police department for my story, I do feel much more confident that I am capable of realism as far as police are concerned. This said, the latest edition is ten years old, and so all references to technology may or may not be outdated. Even if the text was more recent though, I would still double-check facts as best I can, and I recommend this as good practice for anyo I bought this how-to for authors to prepare myself for plotting a mystery.

Even if the text was more recent though, I would still double-check facts as best I can, and I recommend this as good practice for anyone undertaking a procedural. My point is that this makes sense in retrospect, but it makes me wish there was more specific information available for the actual department I'm researching.

While this book is a great start as far as research, it shouldn't be anyone's only source. As far as the author's style, it's well-written, but I wish Lofland had added more anecdotes, because what there were of them were great, but too few and far between. This book doesn't tell you everything you need to know about police work, but it's a great start for your research. I intended to read only the chapters I needed, but read the whole thing it was so interesting.

Jan 31, Ksenia Anske rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Can't recommend this book highly enough. Every thriller writer must read it and own it. Hell, anyone writing about police officers in any capacity must read it. Aside from covering the correct police procedures the way they are performed in real life as opposed to what we're used to seeing on TV , you'll learn about blunders to avoid.

For example, a detective never returns to the crime scene to collect more evidence: once they're done with it, they're done. And they don't investigate a crime on Can't recommend this book highly enough. And they don't investigate a crime on their own after getting suspended what I had in my plot and will now change —if they do, they most likely get fired. You'll also find out what happens to a body of someone murdered after it was found, and what happens to a body of a killer when they're being electrocuted—what it looks and sounds and smells like.

Grim but very accurate details. Mar 02, M. Hickmon rated it really liked it. Writing about criminals is easy--they can do pretty much anything. But when writing police there are rules, procedures and laws that characters must usually follow. For an author, studying the ins-and-outs of police procedure is a daunting task This book is one tool that can help fill in the gaps.

It is well organized, so you can easily locate just the information that you need, and it gives jus Writing about criminals is easy--they can do pretty much anything. It is well organized, so you can easily locate just the information that you need, and it gives just enough detail to understand what you need to know to write about police investigations. Feb 21, Sue Coletta rated it it was amazing.

Lee's sense of humor and witty banter makes learning police procedure entertaining. In this book he explains the differences between common phrases, such as "crime scene" and "scene of the crime", "homicide", "murder", and "manslaughter". Well worth the money. Incidentally, his blog www. Apr 21, D. Adamson rated it it was amazing. Majoring in forensics? Crime writer? Or do you just have an avid curiosity to learn the sequences of events when they eventually find you and your arrested?

This great book of procedures. Feb 20, Chester rated it it was amazing. Great reference work. View 1 comment. Feb 04, Dana rated it it was amazing. This is a great research tool to have on hand. Apr 14, Anne Fox rated it it was amazing.

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Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers

Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, Lee Lofland www. He consults for many best-selling authors, and is currently working with Stuart Kaminsky on… More about Lee Lofland. Available from:. Ebook —.

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Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Until now my main involvement with police and law enforcement has been brief. Calls from me regarding noise complaints, or them calling me about damages to my car didnt give me any insights into the realities. To say that this book opened my eyes on many aspects of the criminal and police worlds would be an understatement.

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