21st Century U.S. Army Law Enforcement Investigations Field Manual: Complete Coverage of Crime Evidence and Investigations

 
9781931828451: 21st Century U.S. Army Law Enforcement Investigations Field Manual: Complete Coverage of Crime Evidence and Investigations

This is the latest edition of an important U.S. Army field manual (FM 19-20) covering the process of law enforcement investigations. In the preface, it states: "This field manual is a guide for military police investigators (M PI) and US Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) special agents operating at all levels of tactical and garrison environments. Department of the Army civilian investigators and commanders and staff officers who supervise military investigators will also find it useful. This manual discusses the investigative process. It discusses the offenses investigators are called upon to investigate. It tells investigators how to apply the technical skills and techniques that will result in a successful inquiry. And it suggests approaches likely to bring each investigation to a favorable conclusion. Special terms used in the manual are explained in the Glossary."

Topics covered in this heavily illustrated book:

* Obtaining and Recording Information and Testimonial Evidence (Interviews and Interrogations)
* Obtaining and Recording Physical Evidence (Fingerprints, Casts and Molds, Firearms and Ammunition, Glass Fractures and Fragments, Trace Evidence)
* Processing Crime Scenes and Investigating Offenses (Crime Scenes, Drugs, Larceny, Burglary, Assault, Robbery, Sex Offenses, Death, Arson, Questioned Documents, Arson, Fraud against the Government, Counterfeiting, Black Marketing, War Crimes)

In Chapter 1, the book discusses the investigator's purview: "Military law enforcement investigations are official inquiries into crimes involving the military community. As a military investigator you will conduct systematic and impartial investigations to uncover the truth. You will seek to determine if a crime has been committed and to discover evidence of who has committed it. You will find, protect, collect, and preserve evidence discovered at the crime scene or elsewhere. You will document your findings and your actions with careful records. You will ensure evidence is accounted for by a complete chain of custody to allow it to be admissible in court. You will conduct interviews and interrogations in a manner that ensures depositions, statements, admissions, and confessions can be accepted in court. And as a professional fact-finder you will maintain unquestionable integrity in the course of undertaking your investigations. Your charter is to impartially find, examine, and make available evidence that will clear the innocent and allow prosecution of the guilty."

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