Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation (8th New edition)

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation (8th New edition)

By: Barry A. J. Fisher (author), David R. Fisher (author)Hardback

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"If you are a Professional Crime Scene Investigator, then this book is a must have for both your personal forensic reference library, as well as your office reference library." -Edward W. Wallace Jr., Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Retired First Grade Detective, NYPD "Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation is a well-written, comprehensive guide to the investigative and technical aspects of CSI. The textbook is an educational standard on the theory and practice of crime scene investigation and includes many informative casework examples and photographs. On reading this book, students, entry-level personnel, and experienced practitioners will have a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of forensic science in its application to crime scene investigations." -Professor Don Johnson, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University, Los Angeles The application of science and technology plays a critical role in the investigation and adjudication of crimes in our criminal justice system. But before science can be brought to bear on evidence, it must be recognized and collected in an appropriate manner at crime scenes. Written by authors with over 50 years of combined experience in forensic science, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation examines the concepts, field-tested techniques, and procedures of crime scene investigation. Detectives, crime scene technicians, and forensic scientists can rely on this updated version of the "forensics bible" to effectively apply science and technology to the tasks of solving crimes. What's New in the Eighth Edition: The latest in forensic DNA testing and collection, including low copy number DNA A new chapter on digital evidence New case studies with color photographs End-of-chapter study questions Practical tips and tricks of the trade in crime scene processing

About Author

Barry A. J. Fisher served as the crime laboratory director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a position he held from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. He is a Distinguished Fellow and past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and was awarded the Academy's highest award, the Gradwohl Medallion. He served as president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, and is a past chairman of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board. He has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Singapore, France, Israel, Japan, China, Turkey, and Portugal on forensic science laboratory practices, quality assurance, and related topics. In 2000, he led a forensic science delegation to lecture to forensic scientists in the People's Republic of China. Since retiring, Fisher has consulted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United States Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Program (ICITAP), and Analytic Services Inc. David R. Fisher currently works as a criminalist supervisor in a large public forensic laboratory in New York City. He has worked on hundreds of homicide, sexual assault, and property crime cases and has testified in court and in the grand jury as a DNA expert on numerous occasions. Fisher is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He also maintains membership in the International Association for Identification, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists and is an associate member in the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. Fisher also has much experience in mass fatality incidents. After the events of 9/11, he helped with the identifications of victims from the World Trade Center attack. As an intermittent federal employee with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), he was deployed to the Gulf region in 2005 to aid in the identification of victims from Hurricane Katrina.


Introduction Classification and Individualization of Physical Evidence Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence Important Considerations in Crime Scene Investigations Courtroom Testimony Tips Before Going to Court Giving Expert Testimony Cross-Examination Other Points Teamwork Professional Development First Officer at the Crime Scene The Case of the Lady in Cement The First Officer at the Scene Recording the Time When a Suspect Is Found at the Scene Entering the Scene Proper Protecting the Integrity of the Scene Injured Person on the Scene Dead Person on the Scene Summoning the Coroner/Medical Examiner Firearms and Ammunition on the Scene What to Do Until Investigating Personnel Arrive Continued Protection of the Scene The Crime Scene Investigator Actual Examination of the Scene Specialized Personnel at the Crime Scene Health and Safety Issues at Crime Scenes Processing the Crime Scene Plan of Action Note Taking Crime Scene Search Crime Scene Photography Sketching the Crime Scene Collection of Evidence Establishing Identity Fingerprints and Palm Prints Handwriting Examination Identification of Human Remains Trace Evidence Sources of Trace Evidence Collection and Preservation of Trace Evidence Examples of Trace Evidence Objects Left at the Crime Scene Blood, Forensic Biology, and DNA A Word of Caution! Contamination Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Presumptive Tests for Blood Searching for Bloodstains Description and Recording of Bloodstains Collection and Preservation of Bloodstains Removal of Bloodstains Bloodstained Objects Semen-Stained Objects Forensic DNA Typing PCR-Based Technology High Sensitivity DNA Testing/Touch DNA Mitochondrial DNA Y-STRs CODIS Forensic DNA and Unsolved Cases Partial Matches and Familial Searching Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods DNA Cases The Molecular Autopsy Missing Persons Biogeographical Ancestry The Future Impression Evidence Footprints Marks on Clothes and Parts of the Body Casting Material for Bite Mark Evidence Tool Marks Firearms Examination Characteristics of Firearms Ammunition Firearms Evidence Gunshot Residue (GSR) Analysis Collecting Firearms Evidence Handling of Firearms Cartridge Cases Bullets Arson and Explosives Physical Evidence Explosives Homemade Explosives Bomb Scene Investigation Illicit Drugs and Toxicology Psychoactive Drugs Crime Scene Search Clandestine Drug Laboratories Collection and Preservation of Evidence The Field Investigation Drug Officer Toxicology U.S. DEA Drug Schedule Classification Investigating Sexual Assault Rape Other Assaults Public Lewdness/Forcible Touching Burglary Investigation Points of Entry Entry through Windows Entry through Doors Entry through Basement Windows and Skylights Entry through Roofs Entry through Walls Entry through Floors Simulated Burglaries Detailed Examination of the Scene Safe Burglaries Safe Burglaries Using Explosives Motor Vehicle Investigation Vehicle Theft Abandoned Vehicles Homicide in a Vehicle Hit-and-Run Investigation Marks from Vehicles Homicide Investigation Murder, Suicide, or Accident? Cause of Death Suicide Signs of Struggle Location of Weapon Examination of a Dead Body at the Crime Scene Murder Detailed Examination of the Scene of the Crime Outdoor Crime Scenes Discovering a Body Hidden at Another Location Investigation of a Greatly Altered Body or Skeleton The Scene of Discovery Packing and Transporting Examining Remains of Clothing and Other Objects Estimating the Time of Death Decomposition of the Body Action of Insects and Other Animals on a Dead Body Other Indications of Time of Death The Autopsy Injuries from External Mechanical Violence Injuries from Sharp External Violence Marks or Damage on Clothing Defense Injuries Firearm Injuries Bullet Injuries Close and Distant Shots Marks from Primers Traces from Bullets Traces from Cartridge Cases Traces from the Barrel of the Weapon Injuries from Small Shot Damage to Clothes from Shooting Modes of Death from Shooting Explosion Injuries Death by Suffocation Death from Electric Currents Violent Death in Fires Death by Freezing Death by Poisoning Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Rape-Homicide and Sexual Assault-Related Murders Infanticide and Child Abuse Trunk Murder, Dismemberment of the Body Accidental Death Serial Murders Digital Evidence Computer Seizure Steps to Remember Collecting Video Evidence Determine If There Is a Video Stop the Recorder Confiscate the Recording Medium Immediately Document the Video System's Physical Relationship to the Crime Scene Seek Technical Assistance If Problems Occur Appendix A Appendix B Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781439810057
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 535
  • ID: 9781439810057
  • weight: 1270
  • ISBN10: 1439810052
  • edition: 8th New edition

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