Criminal Investigations: A Scenario-Based Text for Police Recruits and Officers

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A unique, hands-on volume designed to enhance readers' understanding of basic criminal investigations, Criminal Investigations, uses real life scenarios to explain the material. The scenarios are geared toward the practical application of investigative tools, concepts and protocols. The methods used in the book are based on well-founded adult learning principles that help readers retain relevant concepts and practices. The case scenarios address preliminary and follow-up investigation procedures, crime scene search procedures, diagramming, photography techniques, latent prints, evidence handling procedures, crimes against property investigations, death recognition concepts, SIDS procedures, crimes against persons investigations, surveillance techniques, vice crimes and bombs/explosives violations. For those involved in law enforcement and crime scene investigation.

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A SCENARIO-BASED TEXT FOR POLICE RECRUITS AND OFFICERS

Offers real-life scenarios that a student needs to truly understand criminal investigation. Topics include:

  • Crime Scene Searches
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Diagramming
  • Fingerprinting
  • Evidence and Chain of Custody
  • Crimes against Property and People
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Informants
  • Drug and Vice
  • Bombs and Explosives
  • Organzied Crime and Terrorists

A former criminal investigator, author James McAuliffe has created scenarios based upon actual experiences from the field, which place the student inside a situation and make the explanation of the subject matter more clear and returnable for recall and application purposes. McAuliffe has taught Criminal Investigations at a community college and in an academy setting for nearly a decade, and this workbook is ideally suited for both groups.

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PREFACE

Criminal Investigations: A Scenario -Based Text for Police Recruits and Officers is designed to enhance the understanding of basic criminal investigations by use of real-life scenarios. It is geared towards the practical application of investigative tools, concepts, and protocols.

I wrote this text after having taught the subject for over nine years at the community college where I teach both academic and academy students and have found that, with slight modification, this basic investigation course material is suitable for both audiences.

ORIENTATION AND ORGANIZATION

The material in this book can be found in most texts on the subject as it is based upon general investigation concepts and practices that are taught across the nation. This text is different in that it takes a proactive approach to the learning experience.

Criminal Investigations: A Scenario-Based Text for Police Recruits and Officers involves the student directly by placing students into a scenario and then challenging the student to respond as if they were on the scene. This technique is based upon core principles of adult learning theory Each chapter topic is reinforced with a quiz and a crossword puzzle for the student to complete.

This workbook has been field-tested in both academy and academic setting with great success. The last group of police academy students scored an average of 93 percent on a comprehensive final examination that was prepared outside the control of the author. Both groups of students reported that the text assisted them greatly in their understanding of the subject.

INSTRUCTOR MANUAL

The instructor's edition of the workbook includes a suggested syllabus and schedule for both academic and academy-based courses. It also provides answers to the scenario questions, quizzes, and crossword puzzles as well as suggestions for practical exercises and ideas on how to obtain materials for the exercises. A comprehensive midterm and final examination are also provided in this edition.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would first like to thank my wife Margit for her patience, understanding, and assistance during the writing of this text. This textbook would not have become a reality without the constant support and assistance of Kim Davies, Sara Holle, and Cheryl Adam from Prentice Hall, and Debbie Goodman from Metro Dade Community College. I would also like to thank Alexia Tlumacki, the Police Academy Classes and Criminal justice academic students of Seminole Community College who field-tested the work.

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