Process of Investigation: Concepts and Strategies for Investigators in the Private Sector / Edition 2

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The field of professional investigation has long been considered the private domain of the public sector. Members of private enforcement agencies have been overlooked in recent books in favor of their public counterparts. With professionalism making a new era in private security, the author feels it's time to draw the line and clearly define the private sector as an individual investigative arm.

The Process of Investigation, Second Edition, zeroes in on the specific areas of concern to the private investigator. The new edition covers a wide range of subjects such as the fundamentals of investigation, legal aspects, orgainzational objectives and strategies. Two new chapters have been added on Imagery and Computers as well containing all new updated information on the Internet, Private Information Providers, Resource references, digital imaging, documenting crime scenes, and managing and analyzing investigation information.

The Process of Investigations is co-authored by professionals with broad experience in both private and public sector investigations spanning five decades. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors have updated and revised all chapters, targeting corporate executives, shoplifters, organized burglary rings, warehouse theives, cashiers, workplace drug dealers, and corrupt public officials.

Written for both the student and professional alike, this book compares and contrasts public and private sector enforcers, pinpoints the unique problems facing the investigator in a private agency, and provides updated case studies that illustrate the theories and techniques discussed.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“You get what you pay for in this book — the best available information … this is an effective and valuable investigative manual.”
— Canadian Security
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750673990
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Sennewald, CMC, CPP, CPO, independent security management consultant and the author of numerous Butterworth-Heinemann titles: The Process of Investigation; Shoplifting; Security Consulting; and Effective Security Management. Mr. Sennewald is the founder and first president of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and a member of ASIS and ASET.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
I. Fundamentals of Security Investigations 1
Chapter 1. The Investigative Process 3
Chapter 2. A Comparison of Public and Private Sectors 11
Chapter 3. Qualities of the Investigator 21
Chapter 4. Managing the Investigative Function 35
II. Methods of Security Investigation 47
Chapter 5. Undercover Investigations 49
Chapter 6. Surveillance 63
Chapter 7. Background Investigation 79
Chapter 8. Discovering Covert Crimes 95
III. Building a Case 113
Chapter 9. Interviews and Interrogation 115
Chapter 10. Evidence 139
Chapter 11. Written Statements, Admissions, and Confessions 155
Chapter 12. The Use of Informants 173
Chapter 13. Report Writing and Note Taking 191
IV. Applying Investigative Strategies 207
Chapter 14. Problems Arise: The What of Investigation 209
Chapter 15. Crime and Solution: The How of Investigation 213
Chapter 16. Identifying Suspects: The Who of Investigation 227
Chapter 17. Finding Information: The Where of Investigation 243
Chapter 18. The Time Factor: The When of Investigation 263
Chapter 19. Establishing Motive: The Why of Investigation 277
V. Investigative Technology 291
Chapter 20. Imagery 293
Chapter 21. Computers in Private Sector Investigations 309
Sources 331
Index 335
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