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A Quick Reference Guide to Contemporary Criminal Procedure for Law Enforcement Officers: One Hundred Notable United States Supreme Court Decisions and Their Effect on Modern Policing in America
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About the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is full service law enforcement agency that employs over 3,400 people.  The department is organized into four large sections: Administrative Services; Support Services; Law Enforcement Operations; and, Corrections. 


The uniformed patrol aspect of the Law Enforcement Operations is organized geographically into ten districts, each commanded by a captain.  Additionally, within the Law Enforcement Operations of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is sections such as Homeland Security, Narcotics, Special Investigations, Emergency Response (which includes aviation, marine, K9, etc.) and communications.


According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, “The Court Services Bureau is made up of four distinct units: Civil, Courtroom Security, Court Liaison, and Court Security. These units serve the courts, and of course, the public. As Executive Officer of the Court, it is the Sheriff's duty to carryout all the lawful orders of the Court as well as other duties as required by law. Among those duties, the Sheriff is required to attend either in person or by deputy all terms of the Circuit Court and County Court, and serve and execute "process" of the Supreme Court, the Circuit Court, the County Court, and the Board of County Commissioners. It is the Courtroom Security and Civil Units of the Court Services Bureau that carry out these legally mandated services. The Court Security Unit did not always exist; however, events in recent history have raised serious safety and security concerns. The Court Security Unit was established to address these concerns. The Court Security Unit provides twenty four hour security for the courts, but also for county government, the State Attorney offices, the Public Defender offices, and for the associated public parking facilities. The Court Liaison Unit is the vital link between the courts, attorneys, and the officer on the street. The Liaison assists in screening the paperwork needed for filing and forwarding subpoenas to the officer. Complimenting the Court Security Team is the Courthouse K-9 Unit and Courthouse Containment Team.”



Mark E. Bannon is a retired lieutenant from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (Florida).  After three years of military service as a military police officer, Mark Bannon joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1981.  During his law enforcement career, he worked in a number of key assignments within the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office such as patrol officer, sex crimes investigator, homicide detective, patrol supervisor, and homicide supervisor.  He also was the Commander of such diverse units such as, Road Patrol, Community Involvement Team, Community Policing, and Fugitive Apprehension.  As a retired law enforcement officer, Mark maintains a lifetime membership in the Florida and Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Associations in order to continue his important relationships with law enforcement officers and the South Florida law enforcement community. 


Mark Bannon holds a BA in Social Psychology, an MPA, is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a law degree from the Miami School of Law. After retiring from policing, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in South Florida.  Today, Mark E. Bannon conducts a private law practice. Mark E. Bannon is the author of A Quick Reference Guide To Contemporary CRIMINAL PROCEDURE For Law Enforcement Officers: One Hundred Notable United States Supreme Court Decisions, and Their Effect on Modern Policing in America.


According to the book description, “The goal of this book is to provide a “quick reference guide” for law enforcement officers in their quest to furnish professional police services to their communities. Designed to be a handy source for the study of criminal procedures, this guide has assembled numerous court cases that will assist officers in dealing with the issues they may often encounter. Additionally, this book will be useful as a training aid in roll call and promotional examinations. Major topics include; (1) arrest and entry to make arrests; (2) detention and search of persons; (3) search and seizure defined; (4) search incident to arrest; (5) vehicle searches; (6) consent to search; (7) “Plain View” and “Plain Feel” Doctrines; (8) inventory searches; (9) “Open Fields” and aerial surveillance; (10) “Exclusionary Rule” and “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree;” (11) police interrogation; (12) probable cause; (13) use of informants; and (14) entrapment. Question and answer sections appear at the end of each chapter that will assist in applying the rules of law discussed in the cases that are presented. This book will be useful for police academics and/or undergraduate criminal procedure studies.”

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