Principles of the Law,

Policing

This project aims to tackle some of the hardest questions, where courts, legislatures, and police are most in need of guidance. This project will include principles on Search and Seizure, Police Encounters, Use of Force, Evidence Gathering, and Police Questioning, among others.
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At the 2022 Annual Meeting, the membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 4, marking the completion of this project. The official text is expected to be published in 2023.

Tentative Draft No. 4 contained material from Chapter 1, General Principles of Sound Policing; Chapter 4, Police Encounters; Chapter 9, Forensic-Evidence Gathering; Chapter 12, Informants and Undercover Agents; and Chapter 14, Role of Other Actors in Promoting Sound Policing.

At the 2021 Annual Meeting, the membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 3, which contains additions to Chapter 1, General Principles of Sound Policing; Chapter 2, General Principles of Searches, Seizures, and Information Gathering; Chapter 3, Policing with Individualized Suspicion; Chapter 5, Policing in the Absence of Individualized Suspicion; Chapter 6, Policing Databases; Chapter 8, General Principles for Collecting and Preserving Reliable Evidence for the Adjudicative Process; Chapter 9, Forensic-Evidence Gathering; and Chapter 13, Promoting Sound Policing Within Agencies.

The membership has approved Chapters on Use of Force, Police Encounters, Eyewitness Identification, and Police Questioning.

All draft approvals are subject to the discussion at the meeting and usual editorial prerogative.

For an in-depth description of this project, please visit the Policing page of the The ALI Adviser.

Project Video
Project Reporter Barry Friedman discusses the project in this short video: