Criminal Investigation Basic Perspectives

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/4/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For courses in basic and advanced criminal investigation. This well-established text brings together the authorsrs" more than 50 years of investigation experience and focuses on the fundamentals of inquiry and each element of investigation. The text reflects the most recent investigative techniques and technology and features real-life case studies to help students develop their ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason. Its approach is concise and manageable and this edition includes a new chapter on the evolution of policing and investigation, four new case studies, and new review questions to reinforce each concept.

Table of Contents


1.      Evolution of Policing and Investigation

2.      Rules of Evidence and Arrest

3.      The Crime Scene

4.      Circumstantial Evidence

5.      Laboratory and Technical Services

6.      Basic Investigative Leads and Investigative Techniques

7.      Interviewing and Interrogation



8.      Crimes of Violence

9.      Sexual Assaults

10.  Robbery

11.  Arson, Bombing and Hate Crimes

12.  Property Crimes

13.  Dangerous Drugs

14.  Special Investigations

15.  Terrorism

16.  The Investigator as a Witness and Ethical Awareness


APPENDIX A: Case Briefs

APPENDIX B: Federal Controlled Substances

APPENDIX C: Identity Theft: What to do if it Happens to You

APPENDIX D: Answers to Chapter Review Questions

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