Blackstone's Police Manuals, available in four volumes, are the leading police reference texts in the UK. Written in consultation with police forces across England and Wales, the Manuals are the only study guides endorsed by the National Policing Improvement Agency for OSPRE Part 1 Promotion Examinations. The four volumes cover all aspects of criminal law and procedure from a police officer's perspective, in line with the new OSPRE syllabus. Straightforward and accessible, the Manuals offer a logical progression through the material and are extensively cross-referenced to provide a deeper understanding and more complete perspective of police duties. For complex or commonly misunderstood areas, there are handy Keynote boxes, which point to relevant case law or provide an example of how material is used in a practical sense, helping candidates to assimilate the information better and establish the connections between legislation and police procedure.
The 2012 edition has been updated to incorporate all recent legislative developments and case law, including coverage of the Equality Act 2010, the Crime and Security Act 2010, the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, and the Policing and Crime Act 2009. The 2012 edition also contains six new chapters incorporating the full PACE Codes of Practice A to G, with helpful Keynotes to guide candidates through the legislation. Blackstone's Police Manuals continue to be the most accessible, relevant, and focussed revision materials for Promotion Examinations. Widely used by trainers as well as police officers going for promotion, their breadth and scope also make them an invaluable resource for anyone involved in police and criminal law. Blackstone's Police Manuals are also available as an online service offering fast desktop access to the complete text of the four Manuals.