Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers (Howdunit)

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Not everything you see on your favorite crime show is accurate. In fact, a lot of it is flat out wrong. Police Procedure & Investigation helps you get your facts straight about the inner workings of law enforcement.

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can benefit from his years of experience with Police Procedure & Investigation.

This comprehensive resource includes:

  • More than 80 photographs, illustrations, and charts showing everything from defensive moves used by officers to prison cells and autopsies
  • Detailed information on officer training, tools of the trade, drug busts, con air procedures, crime scene investigation techniques, and more
  • First-person details from the author about his experiences as a detective, including accounts of arrests, death penalty executions, and criminal encounters

Police Procedure & Investigation is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to your book!

2 thoughts on “Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers (Howdunit)

  1. Joyce Tremel
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You’ll be 10-7 Without This Book, September 7, 2007
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    Joyce Tremel
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers (Howdunit) (Paperback)

    This book should be required reading for anyone writing crime fiction. It is packed full of just about everything a writer needs to make their fictional police characters ring true. Lofland’s book dispels many of the myths of police work that are shown in abundance on popular TV shows. The book is well organized and interspersed with stories from Lofland’s twenty year career as a law enforcement officer. His narrative of a shootout with a bank robber will touch even the most jaded heart. The tale of the Mountain Man will make you laugh out loud.

    Crime writers, if you only buy one book this year, this is the one to get.

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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    The Best, March 1, 2008
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    PF Davids (WA) –

    This review is from: Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers (Howdunit) (Paperback)

    I had the pleasure of being in one of Lee’s writer’s conference lectures. I found his classes to be the most helpful of all the one’s I’d attended (no small feat).
    On the basis of what I saw in the lectures I later picked up a copy of his book. The ones at the conference sold out before I could get any.
    Lee’s information is the most thorough of any police procedural book I have come across, and he portrays the information in easy to read format that keeps the readers engaged.
    Any failings are small enough to be overlooked (IMHO), though he should probably stay away from writing fictional scenes as samples. ;o) They tended to be a bit overwritten. Luckily, they are few and far between, and do NOTHING to diminish the value of this work.
    You won’t go wrong if you pick up a copy.

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