Introduction to Criminalistics

Introduction to Criminalistics

The Foundation of Forensic Science

1st Edition - January 23, 2009

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  • Authors: Barry Fisher, William Tilstone, Catherine Woytowicz
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120885916
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916750

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Description

Introduction to Criminalistics covers the basics of Criminalistics in a textbook for a one or two semester course, with the intention of preparing the student for a future in forensic science. The role of the Criminalist is to analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence in the crime lab. These crime labs, or forensic labs, have two primary functions: identifying evidence and linking the suspect, victim, and crime scene through physical evidence. This new primer introduces the learner to the structure and organization of the crime lab and to the role of the Criminalist. It features real cases – recent and historic – to illustrate concepts. Colorful pedagogy clearly defines chapter elements and sets this text apart from next best. Topics covered include how to process a crime scene and preserve evidence, the basic principles of firearm examination, latent fingerprints, and rudimentary toxicology, or how to determine the presence or absence of drugs and poisons. Well organized and methodical, this textbook has the potential to become the standard text for applying techniques of the physical and natural sciences to examining physical evidence.

Key Features

  • Uses real cases – recent and historic – to illustrate concepts
  • Colorful pedagogy clearly defines chapter elements and sets this text apart from next best
  • Presents the basics of forensic sciences in a one-semester or one-year course
  • Offers excellent preparation for professional examinations
  • Delivers the latest in laboratory technique while acknowledging the limits of technology

Readership

Students in Forensic Science programs, advanced college undergraduates enrolled in forensic science and graduate students entering forensic science degree programs.

Table of Contents

  • Section I: Introduction, Field and Laboratory

    Chapter 1
    Forensic Science – Scope and Perspective from Scene to Laboratory
    Barry Fisher

    Section II: Pattern Evidence

    Chapter 2 Introduction to Pattern Evidence - Tool Marks and Impressions
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 3 Firearms
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 4 Fingerprints
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 5 Documents
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 6 Physical Evidence
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 7 Hair and Fiber
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Section III: Chemical and Instrumental Analytical Evidence

    Chapter 8 Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 9 Arson and Explosives
    Catherine Woytowicz and Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 10 Forensic Toxicology
    Bill Tilstone

    Section IV: Biological Evidence

    Chapter 11 Forensic Biology
    Bill Tilstone

    Chapter 12 DNA
    Bill Tilstone

    Appendices

    A. Personal Effects and Identification
    B. Digital Evidence
    C. Crime Reconstruction

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: January 23, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120885916
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916750

About the Authors

Barry Fisher

Affiliations and Expertise

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles, CA

William Tilstone

William J. Tilstone has more than 35 years of experience in forensic science in academia, case work in biology and toxicology, executive management, and consultancy work in training and quality systems. Foundation Professorship in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Director of Forensic Science Centre, South Australia. First Executive Director of the National Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, FL.

Affiliations and Expertise

William J. Tilstone, Executive Director (Retired), National Forensic Science Technology Center, Largo, FL Forensic Solutions International, Auchterarder, Scotland

Catherine Woytowicz

Catherine Woytowicz teaches in the Department of Chemistry, the Honors Program, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She also teaches at Georgetown University in the School of Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Part-time Faculty, The George Washington University, Department of Chemistry, Washington, DC

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  • Muhammad K. Fri Aug 10 2018

    Introduction to Criminalistics

    Very Good Book - I have read this book when I was studying in Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Lahore - Pakistan Remarkable Book - It should be in the Library of every forensic student - thanks from Muhammad Khurram Muneeb Book House 1-Turner Road, Lahore - 54000 Pakistan