The Law Officer’s Pocket Manual, 2019 Edition

Police officers have relied on this resource for 40 years to comply with legal requirements when in the field, and to build ironclad cases in court. The Manual offers concise guidance based on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on constitutional law issues and other legal developments surrounding arrest, search, surveillance, interrogations and much more.

Price: $42.00 Book

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Never before have greater—or more conflicting— demands been placed on those who serve, as well as those who train in law enforcement. The recent fiscal crises, coupled with an increased need for homeland security, have seriously complicated how police officers perform their duties, and made the consequences for errors in police performance more severe for both the officers involved and their superiors. Factor in the danger and stress police officers like you face in your daily work, and your decisions in even the most common of situations become a challenge. Regardless of the adversity you face, however, you are still required to think quickly, respond appropriately, and know the law.

 The Pocket Manual highlights basic rules for quick reference and offers examples showing how rules are applied and concise guidance based on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on constitutional law issues and other legal develop­ments, covering arrest, search, surveillance, and other routine, as well as sensitive, areas of law enforcement. 

The 2019 Edition of the Manual reflects recent court decisions on:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s message: warrants are needed for cell tower records showing a person’s location

  • Constraints on searches of a rental car, even if the person in control of the vehicle is not an authorized driver

  • Restrictions regarding entering a private area to search a vehicle, when relying on the rule allowing warrantless vehicle searches

  • Whether police arriving on the scene seeing people immediately fleeing a location provides enough probable cause to believe that those present weren’t authorized to be at the location

 Robert E. Wilhelm is a Legal Editor of Bloomberg BNA’s Criminal Law Reporter and White Collar Crime Report.

With more than 100 practical examples drawn from the facts of leading cases, The Law Officer’s Pocket Manual provides specific guidance on how to act on the spot in a wide variety of situations. Written in plain English, the Pocket Manual highlights basic rules for quick reference and offers examples showing how rules are applied.


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.


Robert E. Wilhelm is a Legal Editor at Bloomberg Law, and has covered both criminal law and white collar crime.



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Read what others have to say about this Bloomberg BNA book.

“I’ve been using The Law Officer’s Pocket Manual since the beginning of my career.... The breadth of information in this handy little manual is astounding … like having an expert tutor in contemporary criminal justice and Jurisprudence. No police officer should be without this guide.” 

Chief Vincent T. Carlone

New Shoreham Police Department, Block Island, RI

“I made great use of The Law Officer's Pocket Manual while serving as a police officer. Now that I'm “retired” and teaching high school Criminal Justice, I find the same resource that served me so well in my police duties helping me to teach my high school students. The manual is concise and well written, in terms that students can easily comprehend. The Law Officer's Pocket Manual is a valuable resource for my classroom.”

Michael Brennan

Centreville High School, Fairfax County, VA

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