Recent Book: The Law on Gambling: The New Law of Belting and Gaming

AuthorA. Whittle
Date01 June 1964
DOI10.1177/0032258X6403700616
Publication Date01 June 1964
SubjectRecent Book
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POLICE
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PUBLIC-AMERICAN
STYLE
ARTHUR
I.
SIEGEL,
PHILIP
J.
FEDERMAN
AND
DOUGLAS
E.
SCHOLTZ.
Professional Police-human Relations Training. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield,
l1linois, U.S.A. $6.50.
At a time when the relationship
between the police and the public is
under the spotlight probably as much
as, if not more than, at any time in our
history, details of the steps being
taken to deal with this problem in
other parts of the world cannot fail
to be of interest.
In the city of Philadelphia in the
autumn of 1957, it was decided that all
the police officers in that force should
be given an intensive course in the hu-
man relationships aspect of the police
function in the community. Experts
in this field were appointed and 12
months were spent on research in order
to formulate the objectives of the
training and to develop the training
requirements. This publication is a
complete handbook of the course
which was subsequently developed,
consisting of 10 three-hour sessions.
Each session consisted of a .. case
study"
or .. role-playing" (forms of
instruction in regular use at the Police
College today) and a related lecture
given by a social scientist. Part I
of
the book is the manual for the
police officers conducting the course,
part
II contains the case material
used and
part
III consists of outlines
of the formal lectures.
Officerswho are not acquainted with
these methods of instruction should
find part I extremely interesting, and
any training officer would find it
worthwhile reading. The material in
part
II would need considerable
re-writing before it could be used here
as it it is based on actual incidents in
Philadelphia, where police methods
are somewhat different to those in
this country, and part HI, being the
outlines of lectures to be given by a
public relations expert, are too brief
to be of use on their own.
The book illustrates very clearly the
help which experts can give to the
police in preparing training courses and
the lengths to which the Philadelphia
police at least are prepared to go on
improving their public image.
It
is
the oblique look at the American way
of life, however, as revealed by the
case-study material which is the most
interesting; if police officers really
do act in the manner revealed here
and if inter-race relations are really
so strained, one can only feel
that
courses of this kind are an absolute
necessity.
P. D.
KNIGHTS
THE
LAW ON GAMBLING
J. P.
EDDY,
ESQ.,
and L. L
LOEWE:
The New Law
of
Betting and Gaming.
2nd Edition. Butterworths. 52s. 6d.
The report of the Royal Commission
on Betting, Gaming and Lotteries in
1951, led to a radical change in the
attitude
of
the legislators towards
gambling in general. This change
of
attitude found expression in the
Small Lotteries and Gaming Act of
1956, the Betting and Gaming Act of
1960 and in the Lotteries and Gaming
Act of 1962.
Much of the existing law was left
301
untouched by these new Acts and their
presence made more urgent an already
existing need for consolidation, which
has now been achieved by the Betting,
Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1963.
Consolidation, however, is not neces-
sarily simplification and the law in this
field is still complicated and uncertain.
This is all the more reason for welcom-
ing a book such as this, which will be
of enormous value
both
to the student
June 1964

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