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NCJ Number: 192190 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Criminal Investigation, 5th Edition
Author(s): Manuel S. Pena
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 442
Sponsoring Agency: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
Cincinnati, OH 45210
Publication Number: ISBN 1-928916-11-2
Sale Source: Copperhouse @ Atomic Dog Publishing
1203 Main Street, Third Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45210
United States of America
Publisher: http://www.copperhouse.com 
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book describes criminal investigation from the beginning stages through the more advanced techniques for handling cases involving all major crimes.
Abstract: The book covers preparing cases for presentation to the prosecutor, a grand jury, or a court of law. It features material on the latest laboratory services, sources of investigative information, and scientific techniques to assist the investigator. The book claims it is essential that investigators have knowledge of the various combinations of elements that constitute the basic criminal laws. In addition, investigators should develop proficiency in evaluating complaints received from the public. The first officers arriving should isolate the crime scene, and the scene should be evaluated as to the need for laboratory or other specialists and for selection of a standard search method. Victims and witnesses must be separated for independent interviews. The book contains 17 chapters, each devoted to a specific aspect of the criminal investigation, including; (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. Each chapter includes a summary, discussion questions, and key terms and concepts. Figures, tables, glossary, index
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Corpus delicti; Crime laboratories; Criminal investigation training; Criminalistics; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences; Interview and interrogation; Investigative techniques; Preliminary investigations
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