Description

Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual provides information, examples, and exercises for all aspects of crime scene investigation. The exercises will teach the proper techniques for securing, documenting, and searching a crime scene, how to visualize or enhance the evidence found, how to package and preserve the evidence, and how to reconstruct what happened at the crime scene. This manual is intended to accompany any crime scene investigation textbook. Written by a former crime scene investigator and forensic scientist, the information is practical, straightforward, and will be immediately applicable. Learn all the latest techniques and procedures including deconstructing first responder contamination, the preliminary walk-through, utilizing associative evidence, enhancing trace, biological, and chemical evidence, and reconstructing scenes through wound dynamics, glass fracture patterns, bloodstain patterns, ballistics, and more.

Key Features

  • Designed to complement any text used in crime scene investigation courses
  • Over 20+ proven exercises with material from actual crime scenes, providing students with hands-on learning
  • Written by an experienced educator and former crime scene investigator/forensic scientist

Readership

Upper level undergraduate,  graduate level forensic science students, instructors, law enforcement training academies, crime scene units.

Table of Contents

Preface and Introduction

Purpose/Summary of the Manual

Coverage and Approach/Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Section I: Crime Scene Investigation: Scientific Methodology and Physical Evidence

Exercise A. Defining a Crime Scene

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise B. Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise C. Locard Exchange Principle

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Section II: Initial Responsibilities and Beginning Scientific Crime Scene Investigation

Exercise D. First Responders at Crime Scenes

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise E. Crime Scene Security

Objective

Multilevel Crime Scene Security

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise F. Preliminary Scene Survey

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Section III: Crime Scene Documentation

Exercise G. Crime Scene Documentation: Notes

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise H. Crime Scene Documentation: Videography

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Exercise I. Crime Scene Documentation: Photography

Objective

Laboratory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Special Topic: Laser Scanners at Crime Scenes

Exercise J. Crime Scene Documentation: Sketching

Objective

Laborsatory Data Sheet

Discussion Questions

Section IV: Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes

Exercise K. Physical Searches

Objective

Objectives of a Crime Scene Search

General Concepts of Crime Scene Searches

Crime Scene Search Patter

Details

No. of pages:
288
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780124051973
Electronic ISBN:
9780124058736

About the author

Marilyn Miller

Marilyn Miller is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned a master’s degree in forensic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education from Johnson & Wales University in post-secondary educational leadership. Miller is a tenured, associate professor in the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a post-secondary educator for almost twenty years, she teaches a wide variety of forensic science and crime scene investigation classes to both forensic science and criminal justice majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a Fellow in the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Chemical Society. Miller is a former faculty member at the University of New Haven and the Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science/ National Crime Scene Training Center. She has presented and taught as part of hundreds of forensic seminars across the United States and foreign countries. She is the author or co-author for several textbooks or chapters concerning crime scene investigation or reconstruction and forensic science. Before coming to VCU, she worked as a supervisor and forensic scientist for law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. She has testified over 400 times in county, state and federal courts of law as an expert witness in the field of forensic sciences and crime scene reconstruction. She has participated in hundreds of crime scene investigations, both as an active investigator. Currently, she also serves as a consultant for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Miller designed, opened and operated crime scene units and forensic laboratories on the West Coast of Florida for over ten years.