Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation

ISBN-10: 0857027522

ISBN-13: 9780857027528

Edition: 2013

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Description: This book is a lucid and practical guide to understanding the core skills and issues involved in the criminal investigation process. Guiding students through a mock criminal investigation, each chapter introduces a layer of the crime scene and an investigative activity to allow students to develop a true comprehension of how forensic and criminal investigation takes place. Drawing on multiple disciplines and perspectives, the book promotes a critical awareness and practical comprehension of the intersections between criminology, criminal investigation, and forensic science and uses active learning strategies to help students build their knowledge and ensure that the veracity of evidence and decision making is clear. The book is organised around the three key strategic phases in a criminal investigation: - Instigation and Initial Response - The Investigation - Case Management Each strategic phase of the investigative process is discussed to ensure the processes and responsibilities are relayed in a logical and practical structure. Alongside this practical approach, theoretical perspectives and academic research are laid bare for students. Targeted at undergraduate students studying forensic and criminal investigation, this book is the perfect balance of practical and theoretical learning for students in criminology, criminal justice, policing, forensic psychology and related courses.

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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Tony Adams (deceased), co-editor of the SAGE Handbook on Internationalization of Higher Education , commenced as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at RMIT in1978. Following five years as Head of Department of Business Computing at RMIT, he acted for a year as Dean of Business in 1990-91, being appointed to the position of Dean International Programs in 1992, a position he held until 1998. Tony was appointed a member of the Foundation Professoriate at RMIT in 1992. In 1998 he took up the position of Director International Programs at Macquarie University. In 2004, he was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor International at Macquarie, a position he held until January 2007. During his time at Macquarie University, he developed an extensive quality network of partnerships which made this university an institution with active international mobility and exchange. In January 2007, Tony and his wife Pauline formed Tony Adams and Associates , international education consultants. Since then they have worked with universities in Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands and Italy as well as with US, British and Canadian organizations. Tony is widely published in the areas of educational computing and international education. Among the many publications he is (co)author of are three JSIE Published Papers: Adams, T, The Operation of Transnational Degree and Diploma Programs , The Australian Case , 1998; Walters, D., Adams, T., Global Reach Through a Strategic Operations Approach: An Australian Case Study , 2001; and Adams, T., The Development of International Education in Australia , 2007. In 2008 he became co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education. Tony was the founding and immediate Past President of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), special advisor to Universit� Cattolica Del Sacre Cuore (UCSC), and special advisor to the Mexican Association of International Education (AMPEI). He was a regular trainer and presenter at workshops, sessions and seminars during the conferences of NAFSA, EAIE, AIEA and his own association IEAA. He was a member of a working group that is creating a new global Council of International Education Associations (CIEA).

Authors and contributors
Introduction
What is a criminal investigation?
Aims of a criminal investigation
Criminal investigation - science or art?
The CSI effect
The strength of evidence
Professionalisation of investigative practice
The changing criminal justice environment
Organisation of the book
Strategic phase one: Instigation and initial response
Strategic phase two: The investigation
Strategic phase three: Case management
A brief history of criminal investigation
The emergence of the police detective
Recognising the need for able detectives
Regulating detective work
Bringing together forensic science and investigation
Criminal investigation and victims
Introduction
Constructing the victim, the offender and the crime
Victim satisfaction with investigations
Victim Personal Statements
Restorative Justice
Strategic Phase One: Instigation and Initial Response
Initial response and crime scene lockdown
Initial response
Crime scene lockdown
The Golden Hour
Cross-contamination
Running Homicide 1
Crime Scene Examiners
Introduction
The establishment of the CSE in the UK
The training of CSEs
The examination of volume crime scenes
The effectiveness of CSE attendance at a crime scene
The work of the CSE
Processing the scene: A practical overview
Preserving the scene
Recording the scene
Logging all actions at the scene
Systematic search for and recovery of evidence
Packaging and labelling evidence
Storage of physical evidence
Releasing the scene
Conclusion: The role of the scene scientist and the CSE as general practitioner
Running Homicide 2
Strategic Phase Two: The Investigation
Investigative strategy
Introduction
The role of the Senior Investigative Officer
The Golden Hour
Investigation set-up and HOLMES
Appointment to key roles
Investigative decision making and strategy: Hypotheses building
Investigative decision making and strategy: Solving crimes
Media strategy
Family liaison strategy
Running Homicide 3
Forensic science strategy: Cross-contamination
Presence of physical material
Forensic Management Team
Post mortems
Running Homicide 4
Forensic science specialisms: palynology, entomology and DNA
Introduction
Pollen as trace evidence
The forensic palynologist
Forensic entomology
DNA evidence
Electronic and passive data
What is passive data?
Acquiring passive data
CCTV
Financial information
Telephony
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR)
Electronic data
Running Homicide 5
Suspect prioritisation, Behavioural Analysis and profiling
What is Behavioural Analysis?
A brief history of criminal behavioural analysis
Modern approaches: Behavioural investigative advice
BIA in criminal investigations
Interviewing victims and witnesses
Who are victims and witnesses?
Vulnerable and intimidated victims and witnesses
Significant witnesses
Reluctant and hostile witnesses
Identification evidence
Running Homicide 6
Suspect interviews
Introduction
Interview strategies
The principles of the Reid Technique and the US style of interrogation
Principles of investigative interviewing
Planning and preparation for interviews and strategic sequence
Admissions from suspects and suggestibility
The role of the Tactical Interview Manager
Running Homicide 7
Strategic Phase Three: Case Management
Case files
What is a case file?
Defining offences and points to prove
Gathering evidence: Statements and interviews
Exhibits
Deciding whether to charge
Court procedure
Court rules
Victim and witness care
Conclusion
Case reviews
Introduction
Live reviews
History of the murder review
Investigative thinking
Murder review process
Constituent parts of a murder review
Capturing the learning
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Bibliography
Index
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