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Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook 2020 Edition






Larry E. Holtz

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February 27, 2021

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February 20, 2020

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What’s new in the latest edition of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook:


 “Man with a gun.” Pa. Supreme Court overrules prior cases and now holds that the possession of a concealed firearm in public, by itself, is not sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion that the person is illegally carrying that firearm (for a frisk), or that criminal activity may be afoot. Com. v. Hicks.


 Probable cause defeats a claim of police retaliation for a person’s protected First Amendment speech. Nieves v. Bartlett.


 Amended language of §8953(a)(3) (Municipal Police Jurisdiction Act) used to find lawful the extraterritorial actions taken by a member of the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit’s (NEU) interdiction roving patrol force. Com. v. Forsythe. Here, the statutory change was explicitly intended to reverse the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the MPJA in Com. v. Hlubin


 Officer’s identification made after an unlawful warrantless search of a cell phone upheld as proper since it was based on observations that were independent of the improper search. Com. v. Santiago.


 A strong odor of marijuana emanating from a residence creates probable cause for a search warrant. Com. v. Handley.


 Odor of burnt marijuana and a small “blunt” recovered from vehicle’s passenger compartment did not generate probable cause to believe additional contraband was in the trunk. Com. v. Scott.


 Search warrant for a multi-bedroom residence permits police to search the entire residence and all bedrooms within, where the warrant and affidavit of probable cause are premised on the activity of only one occupant in that residence. Com. v. Turpin.


 Defendant abandoned any expectation of privacy in his cell phone when he “intentionally and voluntarily” left the phone unattended, powered on, and operating as a recorder in a Villanova University dormitory bathroom. Com. v. Kane.


 Warrantless blood draw of DWI motorist lawful in cases where the driver is unconscious. Mitchell v. Wisconsin.


 Computer technician was not acting as an agent of the government when he discovered the thumbnail images of child pornography on defendant’s computer, nor did the police exceed the scope of the technician’s private search. Com. v. Shaffer.


 Motor vehicle stop for a traffic violation permits the police to detain the driver and all passengers while the officer attends to the duties of the stop. Com. v. Dunham.


The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook is the definitive criminal justice reference for Pennsylvania law enforcement officials, attorneys practicing criminal law, and criminal justice teachers and students. Author and criminal procedure expert Larry E. Holtz, Esq., presents a new and innovative approach to the study of modern constitutional criminal procedure. In this manual, the classical and current United States and Pennsylvania court decisions are presented and explored in a distinctive Question – Answer – Rationaleformat, augmented with case Notes, through which Mr. Holtz removes the guesswork in, and tedious search for, “today’s law.” Also presented are all areas of departure by thePennsylvania courts, often referred to as “New Federalism.” This is your one-stop reference for the Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Confession Law, Eyewitness Identification, and an extensive presentation of the Pennsylvania Criminal Law of Evidence.

The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options. Moreover, our included CD-ROM gives you the expanded capability of electronic search and copy-and-paste into your documents.

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook is updated annually to provide this State’s criminal justice professionals with the most up-to-date information possible. Be sure to order your copy today!


Larry E. Holtz

Larry E. Holtz has served the City of Atlantic City as a police officer, detective, sergeant and police attorney, where he earned over fifteen departmental commendations. He later served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and New Jersey Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Law Enforcement, Legal Affairs Section, he co-authored the State’s Charging Manual, various Attorney General Guidelines and was the Executive Editor of the Division of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Reporter.

Mr. Holtz has also served as a municipal prosecutor for three towns in South Jersey, the Director of the Cape May County Police Academy, and as adjunct professor at Widener School of Law and Rowan University. He is a member of the bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holtz has unmatched experience in the field of law enforcement, police training and instructor/teacher development. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and conducted basic, in-service and advanced training programs at various police academies and prosecutors’ offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also designed and conducted advanced education seminars for New Jersey judges, attorneys, and professional educators.

Presently, Mr. Holtz is a criminal justice and law enforcement educator and consultant. He is the author of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Handbook, the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Handbook, the Texas Law Enforcement Handbook, Criminal Procedure for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals (the Federal Law Enforcement Handbook), Criminal Evidence for Criminal Justice Professionals, Effective Law Enforcement Report Writing, and Formal Study Guides for the NJ Attorney General Guidelines, Title 2C, and the Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure. He is also published in the Dickinson Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Police and Security News, the National Academy Associate, and Law Enforcement Technology.