Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation


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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 made clear.

The book is organised around the three key strategic phases in a criminal investigation: Instigation and Initial Response; The Investigation and Case Management, and 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 on criminology and policing course, this book is the perfect balance of practical and theoretical learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857027511
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/05/2013
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr Jane Monckton-Smith is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire.

Professor Adam Hart is a biologist and Reader in Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire.

Julia Webb is a senior lecturer and technician at the University of Gloucestershire.

Tony Adams is a former Detective Superintendent.

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Criminal Investigation
Criminal Investigation and Victims
Strategic Phase One: Instigation and Initial Response
Initial Response and Crime Scene Lockdown
Crime Scene Examiners
Strategic Phase Two: The Investigation
Investigative Strategy
Forensic Science Specialisms: Palynology, Entomology and DNA
Electronic and Passive Data
Suspect Prioritisation, Behavioural Analysis and Profiling
Interviewing Victims and Witnesses
Suspect Interviews
Strategic Phase Three: Case Management
Case Files
Case Reviews

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