Criminal Investigation

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Cengage Learning, Feb 22, 2012 - Education - 752 pages
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Known for its accessibility, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, 10th Edition delivers a field-based approach to modern investigative principles and practices that is strongly grounded in current research. The 10th edition features contributions from law enforcement practitioner Sergeant Henry Lim Cho, as well as an updated art program. Demonstrating techniques and practical applications, the book introduces well-established tools, practices, and policies alongside the latest innovations in technology and science to give readers a broad perspective of criminal investigations today. Numerous pedagogical elements, illustrations and graphics, and a strong supplements package including CourseMate help students practice and master techniques and key concepts. Examples and case citations show readers how investigations affect the world around them. Topics covered include D.N.A. evidence, terrorism and homeland security, the C.S.I. Effect, cybercrime, federal law enforcement investigations, crimes against children, forensics and physical evidence, investigative photography and sketching, identity theft, white-collar crime, ethics, and more.
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A colleague suggested I review this book because of the highly concentrated dose of misinformation it contains about fire investigation.
I have only read one chapter in this book, Chapter 16 on
Arsons, Bombs, and Explosions. If the quality of the balance of the text is equal to that in chapter 16, then the book is a truly worthless investment. Less than worthless-potentially quite harmful. The authors provide a list of “burn indicators” for budding arson investigators, almost all of which have been thoroughly discredited long ago. The authors repeat myths about alligatoring, crazing, sagged furniture springs, concrete spalling, irregular patterns and the color of smoke. In fact, I am not able to think of a myth from the 80s that they left out.
Anyone who relies on this bad science is likely to wrongly accuse an innocent person of arson.


Basic Investigative Responsibilities
Investigating Violent Crimes
Investigating Crimes against Property
Other Challenges to the Criminal Investigator
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2012)

Christine Hess Orthmann holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and has been writing and researching in various aspects of criminal justice for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous Cengage Learning textbooks, a former reserve officer with the Rosemount (Minnesota) Police Department, and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).

The late Karen Matison Hess, PhD, wrote extensively in law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a respected reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. She co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE in addition to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; much of her work and influence remains unchanged in this new edition.

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