The following post is a joint effort by Jennifer Davis and Betty Lupinacci.
This week memorializes National Police Week, when law enforcement officers honor their colleagues who have died in service. May 15 was first proclaimed Peace Officers Memorial Day by President Kennedy in 1962. There is a series of events surrounding the day—a memorial run, a bike ride, a candlelight vigil for fallen officers and police K-9s, and events for family survivors. Now is a good time to pause and remember service and sacrifice that is generally taken for granted.
Law libraries and law enforcement inevitably intersect. In addition to their equipment and the laptops fixed in their patrol cars, many law enforcement officers have police handbooks, copies of the state code and motor vehicle law. Betty’s brother, a Pennsylvania law enforcement officer, knew his Pennsylvania borough’s code cold. Jennifer’s dad, a retired Maryland and federal law enforcement officer, used to quote the Maryland Vehicle Code and portions of the Annotated Code of Maryland from memory, the way other people quote poetry or baseball stats. Police handbooks, criminal, motor vehicle, and state codes like the ones the Law Library collects are the most important part of a peace officer’s gear. The mission of law enforcement officers is to uphold the law so that citizens are safe and justice can be carried out in the courts, and these handbooks and codes are the tools they use to do it.
Following is an exemplar of some recently published law enforcement works we hold in the collection:
KF390.P65 W35 2013 Wallentine, Ken. K9 officer’s legal handbook. 2nd ed.
KF8505 Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. Office of Chief Counsel. Artesia Legal Division. Indian law handbook.
KF9630.M43 2013 Medina, Matthew. Real world search & seizure: a street handbook for law enforcement. 2nd ed.
KFD1230 2001.A23 District of Columbia. District of Columbia official code : containing the laws, general and permanent in their nature, relating to or in force in the District of Columbia (except such laws as are of application in the general and permanent laws of the United States) as of September 13, 2012. (See: Title 5)
KFM1761.A452 Maryland State Police. Digest of criminal laws.
KFP432.5 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The Borough code and related laws.
KFP561.A29 P49 Pennsylvania State Police criminal justice handbook.
KFV2961.A29 V565 Virginia. Police, crimes and offenses, and motor vehicle laws of Virginia.
KFV2976.5.A95 2016 Virginia search and seizure for law enforcement officers. 8th ed.
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. Office of Chief Counsel. Legal Division. Legal Division handbook.
KD8039.P65 2013 Police National Legal Database (England) Blackstone’s counter-terrorism handbook.
KD8335.H37 2016 Harfield, Clive. Covert investigation. 4th ed.
KU4610.F45 2015 Feld, Francine. Criminal procedure in Australia.
KUC7.3 .P65 Detectives’ handbook.
KUC106.3.A15 N78 NSW police traffic law handbook.