Criminal Investigation: Art and the Science / Edition 6

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Overview

Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, Sixth Edition, presents crime detection as a dynamic field relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many external variables that can influence the investigator's success and the specific methods of crime detection and prosecution of law available today. The text focuses on the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation. Each chapter begins with recent stories of real crimes that are investigated by the police and set the stage for the rest of the chapter
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Intended for use in lower-division college courses, this book contains 23 chapters which explain various types of crime and investigation techniques related to them. Keeping the different roles of the uniformed officer and the investigator separate, the author explores: crime scene documentation, search and seizure, suspect identification, interview and interrogation, and informant management. Twelve separate categories of crime are given individual treatments including child abuse and neglect, organized crime, and white collar crime. A final chapter discusses the preparation of courses for prosecution. Relevant case studies and court decisions are included throughout the text to provide a perspective on proper and improper methods of investigation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135060575
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: MyCrimeKit Series
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 670,125
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lyman is a member of the faculty of the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department at Columbia College of Missouri. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves the Department as the Director or Graduate Studies for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Director of the Forensic Science Program. Prior to entering the field of college teaching, he was employed as a Special Agent for the Intelligence and Organized Crime Division (IOCD) of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and later as a Senior Intelligence Agent for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Dr. Lyman has authored five textbooks in criminal justice dealing with the areas of criminal investigation, policing, organized crime, and drug abuse. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri—Columbia

 

The author welcomes communication and correspondence about his work and can be contacted at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216.

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Preface

Criminal investigation represents a timeless and dynamic field of scientific study. This book, now in its third edition, was written with the perception that crime detection is a field that relies heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. The investigator's success in crime detection can be influenced by several external variables. For example, increased pressures by public-interest groups and courts of law have caused police supervisors to place greater emphasis on case management and officer accountability. In addition, because of increased social problems associated with drug abuse, criminal violence, and related gang activity, the public spotlight has focused more than ever before on methods of crime detection and successful prosecution of lawbreakers. Finally, because of the rising incidence of mass and serial murders in the last decade, more people are realizing the importance of a thoroughly investigated case and the reasons behind the occurrence of such crimes.

This book is intended to meet the needs of students and others interested in criminal justice by presenting information in a logical flow, paralleling the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation. Additionally, it is designed to fulfill an ongoing need for a book that explains clearly and thoughtfully the fundamentals of criminal investigation as practiced by police officers on the job.

The book is written with several observations in mind. First, as its title indicates, it is designed to blend scientific theories of crime detection with a practical approach to criminal investigation. It hasbeen drafted on the assumption that sound criminal investigations depend on an understanding of the science of crime detection procedures and the art of anticipating human behavior. There is yet another critical observation made in the book: It recognizes that both the uniformed officer and the criminal investigator play important roles in the field of criminal investigation. The duties of each are outlined throughout the book while recognizing that there is a fundamental need for both to work in tandem throughout many aspects of the criminal investigation process.

Finally, one underlying theme of the book is that as with all police endeavors, criminal investigation is a law enforcement responsibility that must be conducted within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the practices of a democratic society. Consequently, court decisions and case studies have been quoted extensively for clarification of issues and general reader information. In summary, I am hopeful that this book will prove to be an engaging textbook that is descriptive of the duties of modern-day crime detection and police professionalism. For more efficient use, this book has been designed to follow closely standard curriculum format. Accordingly, each chapter ends with key terms, discussion questions, and a class project to aid in the instructional process.

Michael D. Lyman

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Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

1: Foundations Of Criminal Investigation

2: The Crime Scene: Field Notes, Documenting And Reporting

3: Processing The Crime Scene

Part II: Post-scene Follow-up Investigative Processes

4: Identification Of Criminal Suspects: Field And Laboratory Processes

5: Legal Issues In Criminal Investigation

Part III: Obtaining Information

6: Interviews And Interrogations

7: Criminal Intelligence And Surveillance Operations

8: Management Of Informants And Undercover Operations

Part IV: Crimes Against Persons

9: Death Investigations

10: Robbery

11: Assault And Related Offenses

12: Missing And Abducted Persons

13: Crimes Against Children: Child Abuse And Child Fatalities

P art V: Crimes Against Property

14: Theft—Related Offenses

15: Arson, Bombings And Terrorism

Part VI: Vice and Profit-Related Crime

16: Gangs, Organized Crime And Drugs

17: White-Collar And Computer Crime

Part VII: Prosecution

18: Preparation For Court

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Preface

Criminal investigation represents a timeless and dynamic field of scientific study. This book, now in its third edition, was written with the perception that crime detection is a field that relies heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. The investigator's success in crime detection can be influenced by several external variables. For example, increased pressures by public-interest groups and courts of law have caused police supervisors to place greater emphasis on case management and officer accountability. In addition, because of increased social problems associated with drug abuse, criminal violence, and related gang activity, the public spotlight has focused more than ever before on methods of crime detection and successful prosecution of lawbreakers. Finally, because of the rising incidence of mass and serial murders in the last decade, more people are realizing the importance of a thoroughly investigated case and the reasons behind the occurrence of such crimes.

This book is intended to meet the needs of students and others interested in criminal justice by presenting information in a logical flow, paralleling the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation. Additionally, it is designed to fulfill an ongoing need for a book that explains clearly and thoughtfully the fundamentals of criminal investigation as practiced by police officers on the job.

The book is written with several observations in mind. First, as its title indicates, it is designed to blend scientific theories of crime detection with a practical approach to criminal investigation. It has been draftedon the assumption that sound criminal investigations depend on an understanding of the science of crime detection procedures and the art of anticipating human behavior. There is yet another critical observation made in the book: It recognizes that both the uniformed officer and the criminal investigator play important roles in the field of criminal investigation. The duties of each are outlined throughout the book while recognizing that there is a fundamental need for both to work in tandem throughout many aspects of the criminal investigation process.

Finally, one underlying theme of the book is that as with all police endeavors, criminal investigation is a law enforcement responsibility that must be conducted within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the practices of a democratic society. Consequently, court decisions and case studies have been quoted extensively for clarification of issues and general reader information. In summary, I am hopeful that this book will prove to be an engaging textbook that is descriptive of the duties of modern-day crime detection and police professionalism. For more efficient use, this book has been designed to follow closely standard curriculum format. Accordingly, each chapter ends with key terms, discussion questions, and a class project to aid in the instructional process.

Michael D. Lyman

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