Criminal Investigation

A Method for Reconstructing the Past

By

  • James Osterburg
  • Richard Ward

The seventh edition of Criminal Investigation presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation and provides a sound method for reconstructing a past event (i.e., a crime) based on three major sources of information - people, records, and physical evidence. In addition to covering fundamental practices such as surveillance, interrogation, and eyewitness identification, this volume is updated with the latest techniques available. Students and beginning professionals in criminal justice will find new ways of obtaining information from people, including mining social media outlets; navigating the labyrinth of records and files available online; and fresh ways of gathering, identifying, and analyzing physical evidence. Special topics in terrorism, organized crime, and white-collar crime round out this complete guide to the discipline of criminal investigation practice.
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Audience

Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field. Police departments, promotional examinations.

 

Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: ANDERSON PUBLISHING
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3138-1

Reviews

"This seventh edition of a text for criminal justice students contains a new section on the use of technology in criminal investigations, with new material on finding info in social media and searching online files and records…The new sub-section on technology covers high-tech and IT crime, as well as legal issues related to getting info from personal and workplace computers, websites, chat rooms, and Internet service providers."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013




Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Preface

SECTION 1 – THE FOUNDATION AND PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
PART A – SOURCES AND USES OF INFORMATION
1. The Investigator: Responsibilities and Attributes; Origins and Trends
2. Physical Evidence: Development, Interpretation, Investigative Value
3. The Crime Scene: Discovery, Preservation and, Collection, and Transmission of Evidence
4. People as Sources of Investigation

PART B – SEEKING AND OBTAINING INFORMATION: PEOPLE AND RECORDS
5. Records and Files: Investigative Uses and Sources
6. Interviews: Obtaining Information From Witnesses
7. Informants: Cultivation and Motivation

PART C – FOLLOW-UP MEASURES: REAPING INFORMATION
8. Surveillance: A Fact-finding Tool – Legality and Practice
9. Eyewitness Identification: Guidelines and Procedures
10. Interrogation of Suspects and Hostile Witnesses: Guidelines and Procedures

PART D – THE INFLUENCE AND IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY
11. The Influence of Technology on Crime Investigation
12. Crime Analysis and Coming Attractions in the Investigator’s Toolbox

SECTION II – APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
13. Managing Criminal Investigations
14. Reconstructing the Past: Methods, Evidence, Examples
15. Crime and Constitutional Law: The Foundations of Criminal Investigations
16. Evidence and Effective Testimony
17. Homicide
18. Robbery
19. Sex Crimes
20. Burglary
21. Arson and Explosives

SECTION III – SPECIAL TOPICS
22. The Global Picture: Increasing Threats and Emerging Crime
23. Terrorism and Urban Disorder
24. Enterprise Crime: Organized, Economic, and White-Collar Crime