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NCJ Number: 182207 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Criminal Investigation, 4th Edition
Author(s): Manuel S. Pena
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 437
Sponsoring Agency: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
Cincinnati, OH 45210
Publication Number: ISBN 0-942728-75-0
Sale Source: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
1203 Main Street, Third Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45210
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents investigative procedures for a wide variety of crimes, along with specific techniques and innovations in criminal investigation.
Abstract: The book discusses preparing cases for presentation to the prosecutor, a grand jury or a court of law; the fundamentals of criminal investigation; and the latest laboratory services, sources of investigative information and scientific techniques. It is divided into 17 chapters, each with a summary and discussion questions: (1) Fundamentals of Investigation; (2) Characteristics of Investigators; (3) Notes and Reports; (4) Interviewing; (5) The Crime Scene; (6) The Criminalistics Laboratory; (7) Use of Police Records; (8) Sources of Information; (9) Surveillance and Undercover Investigation; (10) Interrogation Principles; (11) Written Statements and Confessions; (12) Investigative Guidelines for Selected Crimes and Scenes; (13) Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs; (14) Terrorism, Bombings, and Hostage Incidents; (15) Case Preparation; (16) Court Demeanor and Testimony; and (17) Innovations in Investigative Technology. Figures, glossary, index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Course materials; Crime detection; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Investigative techniques; Science and Technology; Surveillance; Undercover activity
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