This book is a lucid and practical guide to understanding the core skills and issues involved in the criminal investigation process. Guiding students through a mock criminal investigation, each chapter introduces a layer of the crime scene and an investigative activity to allow students to develop a true comprehension of how forensic and criminal investigation takes place. Drawing on multiple disciplines and perspectives, the book promotes a critical awareness and practical comprehension of the intersections between criminology, criminal investigation, and forensic science and uses active learning strategies to help students build their knowledge and ensure that the veracity of evidence and decision making is clear. The book is organised around the three key strategic phases in a criminal investigation: - Instigation and Initial Response - The Investigation - Case Management Each strategic phase of the investigative process is discussed to ensure the processes and responsibilities are relayed in a logical and practical structure. Alongside this practical approach, theoretical perspectives and academic research are laid bare for students.
Targeted at undergraduate students studying forensic and criminal investigation, this book is the perfect balance of practical and theoretical learning for students in criminology, criminal justice, policing, forensic psychology and related courses.
Dr Jane Monckton-Smith is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire. Professor Adam Hart is a biologist and Reader in Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. Julia Webb is a senior lecturer and technician at the University of Gloucestershire. Tony Adams is a former Detective Superintendent.
Introduction A Brief History of Criminal Investigation Criminal Investigation and Victims Strategic Phase One: Instigation and Initial Response Initial Response and Crime Scene Lockdown Crime Scene Examiners Strategic Phase Two: The Investigation Investigative Strategy Forensic Science Specialisms: Palynology, Entomology and DNA Electronic and Passive Data Suspect Prioritisation, Behavioural Analysis and Profiling Interviewing Victims and Witnesses Suspect Interviews Strategic Phase Three: Case Management Case Files Case Reviews
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