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NCJ Number: 158199 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Investigation, Sixth Edition
Author(s): C R Swanson; N C Chamelin; L Territo
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 815
Sponsoring Agency: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-07-063136-0
Sale Source: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
1221 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook on criminal investigation emphasizes the precision and rigorous methods required for successful case completion; presents typologies of offenses, offenders, and victims; includes short sections on prevention in crime-specific chapters; and differentiates the roles of the uniformed officer and the detective.
Abstract: The introductory chapters discuss the evolution of criminal investigation and criminalistics, and the organization of the investigative function. Subsequent chapters deal with initial procedures involving the crime scene, collection of physical evidence, interviews, and field notes. The book discusses the follow-up investigation, interrogation, and role of the crime laboratory. Several chapters discuss specific types of investigations, including behavioral analysis, injury and death investigations, and investigations into sex-related offenses, crimes against children, robbery, burglary, larceny, vehicle thefts, computer crimes, agricultural and environmental crimes, arson, and drug offenses. The final chapters examine the decision by police to initiate the criminal process, the rules of evidence, and the role of the investigator in the courtroom. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Criminology; Drug law enforcement; Investigative powers; Investigative techniques; Police casework
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