Crime Scene Investigation

2nd Edition

Authors: Jacqueline Fish Larry Miller Michael Braswell Michael Braswell
Paperback ISBN: 9781422463314
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 16th November 2010
Page Count: 504

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Description

Crime Scene Investigation provides an innovative approach to learning about crime scene investigation. The users will find a comprehensive introduction to the field of investigation. The book walks the reader through steps of the crime scene investigation from the first response to the documentation. The text also emphasizes the importance of a careful scientific investigation by exploring the different components of a crime scene, such as location of fingerprints and palm prints, trace evidence, firearms, tool marks, and document evidence.

The book has 15 chapters, which describe the scientific approach of crime scene investigation: first response, documenting the crime scene, fingerprints ad palm prints, evidence such as trace and impression, body fluid, blood spatter, firearms and toolmarks, and arson and explosives. The text also illustrates and discusses investigation of electronic and vehicular crime scenes, death, forensic anthropology, odontology and entomology, and the methods of documenting the actions of the CSI. The book also features photographs and graphics that complement the text material, as well as fictional narrative to provide a qualitative dimension of the crime scene experience to the readers.

The book is written for students, beginners, non-experts, and professionals in the criminal justice field.

Key Features

  • Dozens of photographs and illustrations supplement the text
  • Includes key terms, discussion questions and a glossary
  • A chapter-by-chapter fictional narrative provides a colorful look at a crime scene investigation

Readership

Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Foreword Contributors to Crime Scene Investigation 1 Introduction The Role of the Crime Scene Investigator in Forensic Science Jobs and Descriptions Certification and Professional Development Expert Witnesses Ethics and Professionalism Challenges to Forensic Science Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene Associative Evidence Class versus Individual Characteristics Natural Variation Legal Issues and the Crime Scene Search Warrants Admissibility of Evidence Frye v. United States Federal Rules of Evidence Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chain of Custody Documentation Scientific Issues in Crime Scene Investigation Controls Standards Overlapping Roles Discussion Questions 2 The First Response The FBI’s 12-Step Process Determining the Scope of the Crime Scene Boundaries Multiple Scenes CSI Personal Safety Concerns Restricting Access Interacting with Detectives Initial Walkthrough/Preliminary Assessment of the Crime Scene Identifying Other Resources What’s There and What’s Not There Family Members Witnesses Suspects at the Scene Final Steps Discussion Questions 3 Documenting the Crime Scene Photography Cameras Lenses and Filters Postprocessing of Evidence Photographs Sketches Title Block and Legends Measurements Technological Advances in Measurement Searching the Scene Search Patterns Vehicle Searches Reconstruction Discussion Questions 4 Fingerprints and Palmprints Principles of Fingerprints and Palmprints Fingerprints as Physical Evidence Inked Impressions Elimination Prints

Details

No. of pages:
504
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Anderson 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Anderson
Paperback ISBN:
9781422463314

About the Author

Jacqueline Fish

Jacqueline T. Fish is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Charleston Southern University. A former crime scene investigator and Lieutenant in the Knox County, Tennessee, Sherriff’s Department, Dr. Fish was also project manager of the National Forensic Academy and worked with the Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training to develop Advanced Forensics Investigations for Hazardous Environments.

Affiliations and Expertise

Charleston Southern University

Larry Miller

Larry S. Miller is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He received his Bachelor of Science from ETSU, a Master of Science from Eastern Kentucky University, and his Ph.D. in Health & Safety with collaterals in Forensic Anthropology and Criminology from The University of Tennessee. Miller, who has worked as a police officer, criminal investigator, and crime laboratory director, teaches in the area of law enforcement and is the author of several books on topics including criminal investigation, criminal justice report writing, police photography, and more.

Affiliations and Expertise

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA

Michael Braswell

Dr. Michael C. Braswell is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Braswell received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University in 1969, a Master of Arts in Psychology from West Georgia College in 1970, his Ed.S. in Rehabilitation/Correctional Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1973, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. A former prison psychologist, he taught ethics and human relations courses for more than 30 years at East Tennessee State University. He has published books on ethics, peacemaking, and correctional counseling as well as two novels and a short story collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA

Michael Braswell

Dr. Michael C. Braswell is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Braswell received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University in 1969, a Master of Arts in Psychology from West Georgia College in 1970, his Ed.S. in Rehabilitation/Correctional Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1973, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. A former prison psychologist, he taught ethics and human relations courses for more than 30 years at East Tennessee State University. He has published books on ethics, peacemaking, and correctional counseling as well as two novels and a short story collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, USA