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The Texas Peace Officer, 13th ed.

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The Texas Peace Officer:


Thirteenth Edition

Larry D. Nichols, Ray K. Robbins, and Donald B. Harrelson

8 1/2" x 11", copyright 2012, LC 201293182; ISBN 978-0-8211-1771-2

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About the Book

This book, prepared by Texas criminal justice educators, is expressly designed for use in basic peace officer training academies and college or university law enforcement or criminal justice courses in the state of Texas. The authors intent in writing this text was to help the reader prepare for the Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination. The contents have been drawn from a wide range of sources and are concisely presented in nontechnical language. Although there are many different and acceptable ways in which to enforce the law and to carry out the duties of a law enforcement officer, those covered in this book reflect the approaches more commonly accepted in modern American police work.

The text materials have been enhanced to expand on the topics important to the beginning and in-service peace officer, with current updates to the Texas Penal Code and other changes in the law. Questions for self-examination for each chapter, along with answer keys, are provided with a compact disk included with the book. However, only through diligent study can the student acquire specific knowledge of the subjects presented.

The format of this book makes it a valuable resource for reference, for review of some of the main concerns in police work, for use in police academies, as a college or university text, and for law enforcement officers independent study.

Special Features of the Books

*Numerous illustrations, tables, and forms

*Glossary to topics covered

*Review questions for each chapter on interactive compact disk included with each book

*Comprehensive index



1. Fitness and Wellness and Stress Management

2. Professional Policing
3. Professionalism and Ethics
4. The U.S. and Texas Constitutions and the Criminal Justice System
5. Multiculturalism and Human Relations

6. The Code of Criminal Procedure
7. Arrest, Search, and Seizure
8. The Texas Penal Code
9. Traffic
10. Intoxicated Driver and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
11. Civil Process and Liability
12. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code
13. Health and Safety Code--Controlled Substance Act
14. The Texas Family Code and Juvenile Issues
12. Stress Management for Peace Officers
15. Field Notetaking, Interpersonal Communications, and Report Writing
16. Introductory Spanish
17. Use of Force--Law and Concepts
18. Mechanics of Arrest
19. Firearms
20. Emergency Medical Assistance
21. Emergency Communications
22. Professional Police Driving
23. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
24. Patrol and Consular Notification
25. Victims of Crime
26. Family Violence and Related Assaultive Offenses
27. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and the Mental Health Code
28. Hazardous Materials Awareness
29. Criminal Investigation

About the Authors 46c

Larry D. Nichols is retired Professor of Law Enforcement Technology at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where he taught all areas of criminal justice since 1975; in 1988 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Ray K. Robbins, deceased, was retired Professor of Criminal Justice at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, and was the recipient of the "Piper Professor" award. He has instructed in all areas of criminal justice. Donald B. Harrelson is a professor emeritus in criminal justice at Southwest Texas State University. He was the first chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at that university and served as chair for twelve years.

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