Blackstone's Operational Handbook 2019: Law

Police National Legal Database; Mark Hartley; Paul Connor

Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2019 is designed specifically to meet the reference needs of officers whilst out on patrol. Written in a concise and accessible style, it covers a wide range of common offences and clearly explains and interprets the relevant legislation. Using clear and consistent presentation throughout, each chapter offers you a definition of the offence, the points to prove, and a clear system of icons covering police powers and mode of trial. At a glance, you can access everything you need to make a quick, informed decision in a host of everyday policing situations.

The thirteenth edition of this highly regarded and successful Handbook is fully updated to include all recent legislative developments, including updates from the Policing and Crime Act 2017, Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015, the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the Criminal Finance Act 2017, and the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and updated information on Hate Crimes and Cyber Stalking. The book also includes changes to the PACE Codes of Practice and new HO/MOJ Circulars guidance, as well as updated case law.

Whatever your role - police patrol officer, supervisor, student police officer, PCSO or Special Constable - this is an invaluable tool for operational personnel.


1 Introduction
2 Assaults and Violence
3 Crime: Dishonesty
4 Crime: General
5 Drugs
6 Sexual Offences and Assaults
7 Public Disorder/Nuisance
8 Firearms, Fireworks, and Weapons
9 Alcohol and Licensing
10 Road Traffic
11 General: Patrol
Appendix 1: Useful Contacts
Appendix 2: Traffic Data - Vehicle Catagories and Groups
Appendix 3: Firearms Offences Relating to Age
Appendix 4: Religious Dates/Events


The Police National Legal Database (PNLD) is a comprehensive legal database covering all legal information that police officers are required to know. It is housed within West Yorkshire Police Training School at Bishopsgarth in Wakefield and is the official online legal database used by the 43 police forces in England & Wales. ; Mark Hartley is a former police officer with West Yorkshire Police and legal adviser for the Police National Legal Database. He is currently a strategic consultant in operational policing with the Abu Dhabi Police. He has a Law degree from Leeds University, later qualifying with a graduate certificate and diploma in management studies and, more recently, a post graduate diploma in Law with distinction. He is currently studying for a PhD in policy transfer at Leeds University. ; Paul Connor Cert Ed (FE), PG Cert (ODE), LLB is a Police Training Consultant, teaching law to over 3,000 candidates since 2002. He is the author of the Blackstone's Crime Manual and the Consultant Editor for the Blackstone's Police Manuals. He is the co-author of Blackstone's Police Investigators' Manual, Blackstone's Police Investigators' Workbook and is the author of the Blackstone's Sergeants' and Inspectors' Mock Examination Paper.