Criminal Investigation The Art and the Science

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-02
  • Publisher: Pearson
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A practical guide for both students and practitioners in the field.


Written by a nationally recognized expert in criminal investigation and police procedure, Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, Seventh Edition, clearly and thoughtfully explains the fundamentals of criminal investigation and forensic science as practiced by police investigators across the nation. The text explores new and emerging techniques in forensic science and how they interface with evidence collection in the field and evidence analysis in the laboratory. Lyman focuses on the steps and considerations involved in actual criminal investigations and examines the many external variables than can influence an investigator’s success in the field.

Author Biography

Michael D. Lyman is Professor of Criminal Justice at Columbia College of Missouri, located in Columbia, MO. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the program Coordinator for the Master of Science of Criminal Justice Program and the founder of the college’s Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science Program. Before entering the field of college teaching, he was employed as a criminal investigator for state police organizations in Kansas and Oklahoma and has taught literally thousands of law enforcement officers in the proper police techniques and methods of professional criminal investigation. Dr. Lyman has authored numerous textbooks in criminal justice dealing with the areas of criminal investigation, policing, organized crime, drug enforcement, and drug trafficking. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He has been called upon on an estimated 300 occasions by law enforcement and the legal communities to review criminal investigations and render the results of his evaluations and his opinions in federal court proceedings nationwide. Textbooks such as this are an ongoing work in progress, and the author welcomes communication and correspondence about his work. Dr. Lyman can be contacted at Columbia

College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216 or at mlyman@cougarsccis.edu. Thank you for using this textbook.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1      Foundations And History Of Criminal Investigation

CHAPTER 2      The Crime Scene: Field Notes, Documenting, and Reporting

CHAPTER 3      Processing the Crime Scene

CHAPTER 4      Identification of Criminal Suspects: Field and Laboratory Services

CHAPTER 5      Legal Issues in Criminal Investigation

CHAPTER 6      Interviews and Interrogations

CHAPTER 7      Criminal Intelligence and Surveillance Operations

CHAPTER 8      Management of Informants and Undercover Operations

CHAPTER 9      Death Investigations

CHAPTER 10    Robbery

CHAPTER 11    Assault and Related Offenses

CHAPTER 12    Missing and Abducted Persons

CHAPTER 13    Crimes against Children: Child Abuse, Child Fatalities, and Exploitation

CHAPTER 14    Theft-Related Offenses

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