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This book presents crime detection as a dynamic field
relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as
recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many
external variables that can influence the investigator's success and the
specific methods of crime detection and prosecution of law available
today. The book also presents, in a logical flow, the steps and
considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation. A
six-part organization covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation,
the investigation process, interpersonal violence, property crimes,
vice crimes and related offenses, and prosecution. For anyone
interested in thinking like a detective, and understanding the who,
what, why—and more, behind a crime scene investigation.


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Feb 07, 2019

While this was a required textbook for a college class, it is by far one of my favorite texts. Then again, I do love most anything dealing with criminal justice and criminal investigation.

This text covers, as it states, the art and science of criminal investigation in six parts:

#1.) Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
#2.) The Investigative Process
#3.) Interpersonal Violence
#4.) Property Crimes
#5.) Vice Crimes and Related Offenses
#6.) Prosecution

#1.) Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation - While this was a required textbook for a college class, it is by far one of my favorite texts. Then again, I do love most anything dealing with criminal justice and criminal investigation.

This text covers, as it states, the art and science of criminal investigation in six parts:

#1.) Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
#2.) The Investigative Process
#3.) Interpersonal Violence
#4.) Property Crimes
#5.) Vice Crimes and Related Offenses
#6.) Prosecution

#1.) Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation - this section covers the myths of crime solving and the investigative process; modern developments in science; recent research in criminal investigation; defining objectives of criminal investigations; understanding the types of investigations; identifying desirable characteristics of investigators; understanding the preliminary investigation; realizing the significance of crime scene evidence; identifying the duties of the first responder; dealing with witnesses at the scene; understanding procedures to protect the crime scene; and understanding follow-up investigation procedures.

#2.) The Investigative Process - the section covers a broad range of subjects starting with crime scene processing: understanding the importance of field notes, role and importance of written police reports, describing the advantages/disadvantages of crime scene photography, understanding the various techniques of crime scene sketching, and the differences between rough and finished crime scene sketches.

Moving into the section the student also gains insight into the search and seizure process: legal guidelines of searching for evidence, U.S Supreme Court precedents relating to police searches, understanding warrantless searches, structuring a search warrant, methods of executing the warrant, various search techniques, and the importance of marking and preserving physical evidence.

The student also learns about the identification of criminal suspects: understanding the fundamentals of fingerprint science including the different types of prints, significance of DNA analysis in the investigative process, importance of handwriting samples, and legalities of police lineups in suspect identification.

The section also covers criminal intelligence functions, undercover and surveillance operations, making arrests, interrogations and interviews, along with developing and managing informants.

#3.) Interpersonal Violence covers crimes against the person more commonly known as: wrongful death, robbery, assault, stalking, domestic violence, elderly abuse, sexual assault,missing and abducted persons, child abuse and neglect.

#4.) Property Crimes deals with burglary, forgery, fraud, embezzlement, shoplifting, vehicle thefts, arson, and bombings.

#5.) Vice Crimes and Related Offenses covers drug crimes, money laundering, and computer crimes.

Finally,

#6.) Prosecution - this section is an introduction to the court system covering: pre-trial procedures, how the criminal trial operates, characteristics of the jury, function of the opening and closing statements, differences in direct and cross examinations, showing how an investigator prepares for court, understanding techniques used by the defense to discredit an investigator's testimony, learning the importance of good courtroom behavior, and understanding the role of the expert witness.

For the student who isn't interested in this subject, this book could prove overwhelming.

This book has remained at my side as an invaluable reference since I enjoy its presentation and the information contained inside. ...more
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Jun 23, 2011

Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (5th Edition)
Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (5th Edition)
by Michael D. Lyman
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This book presents crime detection as a dynamic field relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many external variables that can influence the

Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (5th Edition)
Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (5th Edition)
by Michael D. Lyman
4.0 of 5 stars4.0 of 5 stars4.0 of 5 stars4.0 of 5 stars4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 · rating details · 2 ratings · 1 review

This book presents crime detection as a dynamic field relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many external variables that can influence the investigator's success and the specific methods of crime detection and prosecution of law available in today. Fundamentals of criminal investigation–Explores the fundamentals of criminal investigation as practiced by actual police officers on the job. Theory and practice—Blends scientific theories of crime detection with a practical approach to criminal investigation. Duties of both the uniformed officer and criminal investigator–Outlines the duties of each participant while considering the fundamental need for both groups to work in together. Role of criminal investigator—Emphasizes the role of criminal investigation as a law enforcement responsibility that must be conducted within the framework of the constitution and the practices of a democratic society. Law Enforcement professionals.

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