An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

Jones & Bartlett Learning

In a world heavily influenced by popular forensic television dramas, the real-life duties and complexities involved in crime scene investigation are often misrepresented and misunderstood. An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is a comprehensive and accurate overview of the practical application of forensic science in crime scene investigation. Focusing on the day-to-day aspects, this full-colour text describes the methodologies and technologies employed by crime scene personnel, and pushes the reader to identify the interrelated components of the investigative process.

Recognising the importance of those who have contributed to and advanced the field of forensic science, the reader is introduced to crime scene investigation through a historical perspective. The updated Third Edition covers components not typically found in many crime scene texts, including ethical considerations and public misconceptions of the investigative process—the so-called “CSI Effect.” Extensive discussion of physical evidence examination and analysis is provided, including the forensic potential of physical evidence, crime scene procedures, and what evidence should be documented, collected, and preserved. Real-life examples and over 250 detailed, full-colour photos and figures enhance comprehension and demonstrate specific strategies for technique application.

While the vast majority of the text is written with an American audience in mind, the author has chosen to call upon his significant international experience and include cases, information, and photographs/figures which are external to the United States.

Examples of these include:

Photographs from Honduras, France, Haiti and Uganda.
Ripped from the headlines involve cases which occur in or discuss: Canada, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Yemen and Spain
Historical development of CSI incorporates India, Japan, Great Britain, France, Canada, Argentina and China
Sources of reference originate from: Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany and Australia

While the specific laws discussed refer to American courts and decisions, the science and methodologies are ones which are recognised as best-practices around the globe, as pertains to the scientific investigation of crime scenes.

An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is an invaluable reference and essential educational resource.

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Features and Benefits
Updated case studies throughout provide readers with a contemporary look into actual crimes and investigations
Includes updated Learning Objectives, Review Questions, and a new Questions for Discussionsection to ensure student comprehension and engagement
Features updated Ripped from the Headlines boxes to encourage readers to apply the key concepts to contemporary, real world events
New interviews in View from an Expert feature box provide students with real-life stories from crime scene and forensic personnel, offering a realistic sense of working in this dynamic field
Content complies with International Association for Identification (IAI) certification requirements and with the recently released federal guidance, “Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement” (also included as an appendix within the text)
Content incorporates recent NIST OSAC updates and suggestions (also included as an appendix within the text)
previous edition 9781284048179,
Part 1 CSI
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter 2 The "CSI Effect"
Chapter 3 Ethics in Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter 4 The Duties of First Responders to the Crime Scene
Chapter 5 Specialized Personnel and Safety Considerations
Chapter 6 Methodological Approach to Processing the Crime Scene
Chapter 7 The Forensic Laboratory
Part 2 Physical Evidence
Chapter 8 Fingerprint Evidence
Chapter 9 Trace Evidence
Chapter 10 Blood and Biological Evidence
Chapter 11 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Chapter 12 Impression Evidence
Chapter 13 Firearms and Ballistic Evidence
Chapter 14 Drug Evidence
Chapter 15 Digital Evidence
Part 3 Specialized Investigations
Chapter 16 Death Investigation
Chapter 17 Arson and Explosive Investigation
Chapter 18 Special Scene Considerations
Appendix A Professional Organizations Pertaining to Crime Scene Investigation
Appendix B Processing the Scene of Mass Fatality Incidents
Appendix C Crime Scene Equipment
Appendix D Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement (National Forensic Science Technology Center, under funding from the United States Department of Justice. September 2013)
Appendix E NIST OSAC

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