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Practical Handbook for Professional Investigators

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ISBN-10: 0849370450

ISBN-13: 9780849370458

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Rory J. McMahon

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This new edition of the Practical Handbook for Professional Investigators, is required material for new certification programs from the US Association for Professional Investigators and Boston University. This practical reference includes a revised job description, realistic earning capabilities, and future outlook. Updated chapters cover new cases in legal investigation, fraud, computer crime, and domestic disputes. It provides the latest information on civil and criminal investigation cases as well as additional material on case file management with new forms, the component method of criminal defense investigation, foundations of investigation, due diligence, testifying, and interrogation…    
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Book details

List price: $104.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 2/15/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 440
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Brett Edward Whalen is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Job Outlook
Skills Needed to Become a Successful Investigator
Three Methods That Investigators Use to Obtain Information
What Is an Investigator?
Attributes of a Successful Investigator
Foundations of Investigation
Types of Investigation
Assignments Performed by a Professional Investigator
Sources of Information
Missing Persons
Undercover Operations in Business Settings
Asset Protection - Loss Prevention - Access Control
Interviews, Interrogation, and Taking Statements
Introduction to Interviews
Purpose of the Interrogation
Taking Statements
Legal Investigations
The Legal Investigator
Structure of the U.S. Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Habeas Corpus
Criminal and Civil Procedure
The Concept of Crime
The Effective Limits of Criminal Law
The Authority to Arrest
Investigative Detention Short of Arrest - Stop and Frisk
Interrogating the Accused
The Trial
Legal Investigations
Role of the Legal Investigator
Conducting Legal Investigations
Case Study: United States v. Nancy Walter
Fraud Investigation
Corporate Fraud
Economic Crime Schemes
White-Collar Crime
Corporate Crime
Broiler Rooms - Telemarketing Fraud
How to Conduct a Criminal Fraud Defense Investigation
"Eating the Elephant" Defense Investigations for Complex Fraud Cases
Case Study: Internal Fraud Investigation
Sample Activity Reports
Computer Crime
Computer Crimes
Computer Fraud
The Computer Crime Investigator
Investigative Methodology
Areas of Computer Abuse
Instimtional Vulnerability
Investigation of Computer Fraud
Computer Crime
The Internet and the Worldwide Web
Criminal Investigation
The Investigative Function
Role of the Criminal Investigator
Reasons for Investigating Crime
Limitations on Solving Cases
Investigative Theory and Methods
Types of Evidence
Uses of Evidence
Development of a Set of Suspects
Methods of Investigation
Phases of the Investigation
Rules of Evidence
Role of the Police
Government Agencies
Nuts and Bolts
Conducting a Criminal Investigation
Case Studies
Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation
The Grand Jury
Insurance and Arson Investigation
Ideal Requirements for Insurability
Insurance Contracts
Insurance Adjusting
Types of Insurance
Government Regulation of Insurance
Insurance Fraud
Liability Claims Investigation
Sample Investigative Report
Sample Vehicle Fire Report
Domestic Investigations
Sample Activity Report
Due Diligence and Background Investigations
Due Diligence Investigations
Scope of Investigations
Content of Investigations
Legal Constraints
Preemoloyment Screening
Locates and Skip Tracing
The Basics of Skip Tracing
Relevant Federal and State Statures
Beginning the Process
Skip Tracing Resources
Searching for Financial and Business Information
Searching for Legal Information
Search Engines
Internet Sites
Government Records
General Rules
Foot Surveillance
Automobile Surveillance
Surveillance Equipment
Technical Suveillance
Service of Process
Types of Service
Proof of Service
Pitfalls to Avoid
Florida Statutes Governing Service of Process
Testifying in Court
The Trial
Confidentiality and Privacy
Keep Informed
Promote Education and Advocacy
Business Conduct
Avoid Conflicts of Interest
Fair Representation to Clients
Treatment of Competitors
Legal Issues
Render Services That Match Your Qualifications
Client Relations
Equal Rights
U.S. Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI) Code of Ethics
Investigative Ethics
Finding a Niche
How to Find Your Niche
Double Check Your Choices
Operating a Professional Investigative Agency
Choosing a Name
Form of Operation
Business Problems
Licenses and Permits
Tips for Operating Your Agency
Case File Management
"PI" Should Also Mean "Professional Image"
Professional Associations
National Associations
Additional Specialty Associations of Interest
International Associations
State Associations
Recommended Associations
Getting Licensed