Criminal Investigation / Edition 8

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Criminal Investigation is designed to help readers develop an analytical understanding of the investigative process. Assuming no prior knowledge of the field, the book uses an accessible, authoritative style to discuss basic investigative techniques, major types of property and violent crime and the history and future of the field. Unique to this book, it links specific investigative techniques to specific crimes and explains the relationship of criminalistics to the investigative process. This edition retains its overall design, while incorporating new investigative profiles, additional websites, a revised chapter on computer crime and updated techniques and methodology.
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An introduction for students or practitioners of law enforcement with no prior knowledge of investigation. Develops an analytical understanding of the investigation process by merging theoretical and practical aspects. Between chapters on history and prospects, legally defines each commonly encountered major crime and discusses it in terms of current status, offender characteristics, and investigative techniques. First published in 1980 by Bell & Howell, and updated here from the 1993 Prentice-Hall edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135005606
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: Pearson Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 370,645
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Historical Origins of Criminal Investigation

2. Introduction of basic concepts

3. The Investigative Method

4. Note-Taking and Reports

5. The Crime Scene Focus

6. Interviewing

7. Traditional Sources of Information

8. Computer-Aided Investigations and Computer Crime

9. Burglary

10. Robbery

11. Homicide and Aggravated Assault

12. Rape and Sexual Offenses

13. Larceny

14. Narcotics and Drug Investigations

15. Youth Gang Investigations

16. Special Investigations

17. Suspect Identification

18. The Investigator in Court

19. The Future of Criminal Investigation

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Criminal Investigation, Sixth Edition, is designed to develop an analytical understanding of the investigative process. In doing so, this new edition focuses on merging theoretical and proven practical aspects of crime detection and solution. The text can be used by students with no prior investigative knowledge or as a thorough reference source by law enforcement practitioners. Criminal justice instructors will find that the detailed discussion allows ample latitude for their personal approaches and experiences.


As in previous editions, the importance of basic investigative foundations is stressed throughout. Additionally, the book explains the essential interrelationship of criminalistics and the investigative process. The workings of the modern crime laboratory are presented in such a fashion that the reader will comprehend the criminalistic potential of evidence. The chapters are designed to acquaint the student with the subject in a naturally expanding fashion—from the colorful historical origins of criminal investigation to the future possibilities. Each commonly encountered major crime is legally defined and discussed in terms of current status, offender characteristics, and investigative techniques. Each chapter includes key terms, objectives, and related exercises to guide the criminal justice student and facilitate comprehension of pertinent concepts.


Although many popular and time-proven features of past editions have been retained, the sixth edition contains considerable new material directly relevant to the investigative challenge of the new century. Each chapter has beenextensively revised and updated with the latest research data from government and academic sources. New illustrations have been provided along with expanded glossary terms. Unique material detailing juvenile abductions, identity theft, geographic information systems, cyberstalking, digital photography, psycholinguistics, and complete coverage on hate crimes will be found in this edition, as well as expanded information regarding the latest drug trends with particular emphasis on methamphetamines and Ecstasy. Material that updates the continually changing world of forensic science has been added, including discussions on the newest DNA developments, global positioning systems, ballistic fingerprinting, biometrics, and face recognition systems.

The sixth edition remains faithful to the overall design and readability of the previous editions, while incorporating significant amounts of new material necessary to prepare students for the investigative challenge of the twenty-first century.

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