Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives (10th Edition)

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Bringing together the authors’ more than 50 years of investigation experience, this comprehensive, practical, and well-balanced book is designed to provide a practical introduction to criminal investigation. The content reflects the most recent investigative techniques and technology and features real-life case studies to help readers develop their ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason. Outlines the fundamentals of inquiry and then carefully details each element of investigation–from the preliminaries to case preparation for prosecutor review. Features an emphasis on ethical awareness–and how the development of and adherence to a strict professional standard of conduct results in more effective investigations; Revised and expanded coverage of interviewing, interrogation and the detection of deception; Witness motivation and obtaining a commitment from a witness; Gunshot residue examination; Computer databases; Search warrants; and The Federal Controlled Substances Law. For those with careers in the criminal justice field.

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Together, the authors of Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives have in excess of fifty years of law enforcement experience with a variety of agencies such as the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Marshal's Service, the Sacramento Sheriff s Department, the New York Police Department and the California State Police. Prom this perspective the authors have written a well-balanced, comprehensive text on criminal investigation.

This Tenth edition has been updated and includes two newly rewritten chapters on Interviewing and the Detection of Deception, and the Interrogation Process. New discussion regarding witness motivation, the importance of separating witnesses, and the need to get a commitment from a witness have been added to the chapter on Direct and Circumstantial Evidence. A new section on computer databases has been added to the chapter on Basic Investigative Leads. Added to the end of each chapter is a new "related web sites" section for additional research and information on the chapter topic.

In addition, a new case study has been added to this edition. These case studies that are included at the end of each chapter are designed to highlight the chapter content and enhance the learning process. Criminal Investigation Basic Perspectives, Tenth Edition is a resource that will prepare students for the challenging world of criminal investigation.

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The tenth edition of Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives was written to keep abreast of the changes in the field of criminal investigation. The chapter on Interviewing and the Detection of Deception and the chapter on the Interrogation of Suspects have been extensively rewritten. These changes are reflective of new insights in these areas, 1n addition new segments were added to three chapters:

  • Witness motivation, separation of witnesses, obtaining a commitment from a witness and information on gunshot residue examinations (Chapter 2, "Direct and Circumstantial Evidence")
  • Computer databases (`Basic Investigative Leads and Informants")
  • Search warrants ("Major Investigative Techniques")
  • Federal Controlled Substances Law ("Appendix B")

One new case study, designed W enhance the learning process, has been added to this edition. The case study method of instruction facilitates learning by linking case content to textbook topics and by encouraging the exchange of opinions and viewpoints among students during discussion sessions. The case studies in this book are designed to contribute to this type of learning process. Each case provides factual information that is likely to promote analysis and discussion and thus aid in developing the student's ability to analyze, evaluate, and reason. The topic of discussion is focused on the facts of each case study, but only the range of student opinions and ideas limits the scope of the discussion.

Some cases are presented in straight narrative style, while others are written in dialogue form as the best means of joining the personalities and the situations of a case study. Each case presents a real-life situation or episode experienced some time in the past. There has been no "doctoring" to develop points, theories, or problems. However, names, dates, and locations have been altered in some instances to avoid embarrassing any persons or their families.

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