This book is a lucid and practical guide to understanding the core skills and issues involved in the criminal investigation process.
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.
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 carefully explained and examined. Alongside this practical approach, theoretical perspectives and academic research are laid bare for students.
Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation is essential reading 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