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NCJ Number: 66994 Find in a Library
Title: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND CRIMINALISTICS (FROM INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 1979, BY DAE H CHANG SEE NCJ-66990)
Author(s): W W DUNNING
Corporate Author: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co
Dubuque, IA 52004
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN THIS TEXTBOOK CHAPTER, THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR IS DESCRIBED AS WORKING IN THE FIELD AND WITH PEOPLE AS OPPOSED TO THE CRIMINALIST WHO WORKS IN THE LABORATORY AND WITH THINGS.
Abstract: THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS IS TRACED FROM THE MOMENT THE CRIME IS DISCOVERED, THROUGH THE CRIME SCENE SEARCH TO THE SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE. THREE AVENUES THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR MAY TAKE IN SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE ARE DETAILED, INCLUDING LABORATORY EXAMINATIONS, USE OF THE INVESTIGATOR'S OWN IMAGINATION, AND INFORMATION GATHERING (SUCH AS SURVEILLANCE, QUESTIONING, AND GENERAL DETECTIVE WORK). DISCUSSION THEN TURNS TO CRIMINALISTICS AND THE IDENTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS OF EVIDENCE. LEGAL CLASSIFICATIONS AND USES OF EVIDENCE ARE IDENTIFIED. WAYS OF COLLECTING AND EXAMINING PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE ARE EXPLORED, AND ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE TESTIMONY THAT HELPS TO QUALIFY EVIDENCE. FINALLY, TYPES OF EVIDENCE THE CRIMINALIST CONFRONTS ARE ANALYZED INCLUDING THE CATEGORIES OF IMPRINTS AND IMPRESSIONS, WEAPONS, FIREARMS, BLOOD AND OTHER BODY FLUIDS, AND GLASS. NOTES, SUGGESTED READINGS, AND TEST QUESTIONS ARE SUPPLIED. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Evidence; Evidence collection; Explosives tagging; Fingerprints; Firearms identification; Forensic medicine; Glass analysis; Interview and interrogation; Latent fingerprints; Testimony; Toolmark identification; Weapons
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