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How to use this Manual 

How to use this Manual
Author(s):

David Johnston

and Glenn Hutton

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Subscriber: null; date: 15 August 2018

Volume numbers for the Manuals

The 2018 Blackstone’s Police Manuals each have a volume number as follows:

  1. Volume 1: Crime

  2. Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure

  3. Volume 3: Road Policing

  4. Volume 4: General Police Duties

The first digit of each paragraph number in the text of the Manuals denotes the Manual number. For example, chapter 2.3 is chapter 3 of the Evidence and Procedure Manual and chapter 4.3 is chapter 3 of the General Police Duties Manual.

All index entries and references in the Tables of Legislation and the Table of Cases, etc. refer to paragraph numbers instead of page numbers, making information easier to find.

Material outside the scope of the police promotion examinations syllabus—blacklining

These Manuals contain some information which is outside the scope of the police promotion examinations. A full black line down the margin indicates that the text beside it is excluded from Inspectors’ examinations.

PACE Code Chapters

The PACE Codes of Practice have been taken out of the appendices and are now incorporated within chapters in the main body of the Blackstone’s Police Manuals. A thick grey line down the margin is used to denote text that is an extract of the PACE Code itself (i.e. the actual wording of the legislation) and does not form part of the general commentary of the chapter.

The PACE Codes of Practice form an important part of the police promotion examinations syllabus and are examinable for both Sergeants and Inspectors. They are not to be confused with ‘blacklined’ content that is excluded from the syllabus for Inspectors’ examinations (see ‘Material outside the scope of the police promotion examinations syllabus—blacklining’ section).

Length of sentence for an offence

Where a length of sentence for an offence is stated in this Manual, please note that the number of months or years stated is the maximum number and will not be exceeded.

Any feedback regarding content or other editorial matters in the Manuals can be emailed to police.uk@oup.com.