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Criminal Investigation, Fourth Edition

By Michael J. Palmiotto

CRC Press – 2012 – 313 pages

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    978-1-43-988218-4
    June 24th 2012

Description

Criminal investigators need broad knowledge of such topics as criminal law, criminal procedure, and investigative techniques. The best resource for these professionals will distill the needed information into one practical volume. Written in an accessible style, the fourth edition of Criminal Investigation maintains the same reader friendly approach that made its predecessors so popular with students, professionals, and practitioners.

Beginning with an overview of the history of criminal investigation, the book explores current investigative practices and the legal issues that constrain or guide them. It discusses the wide range of sources of information available, including the internet, individuals, state and local sources, and federal agencies and commissions.

Next, the book discusses other investigative techniques, including interviewing and interrogation, informants, surveillance, and undercover operations. A chapter on report writing provides explicit instructions on how to capture the most critical information needed in an investigation. Additional chapters cover the crime scene investigation and the crime laboratory.

The remainder of the book delves into the specific investigative protocols for individual crimes, including sex offenses, homicide, mass and serial murder, assault and robbery, property crimes, cybercrime, and narcotics. Concluding chapters focus on the police/prosecutor relationship and investigative trends.

Each chapter includes a summary, a list of key terms, and review questions so that readers can test their assimilation of the material. Clear and concise, this book is an essential resource for every criminal investigator’s toolbox.

Contents

Historical Review of Criminal Investigation

Roots of Investigation

Investigations in America

The Role of Patrol Officers

The Modern Investigator

Current Investigative Practices

The Management of Criminal Investigations

The Rand Study

Case Screening

Compstat

Investigative Function

Crime Analysis

Specialized Units

Relationship with the News Media

Legal Issues

Arrest

Search and Seizure

Rules of Evidence

Lineups and Identification

Sources of Information

Internet

People as Sources

State and Local Sources

Federal Agencies and Commissions

Interviewing and Interrogation

Listening

Interviewing

Interrogation

Recording Information

Lie-Detection Methods

Informants

Classifying Informants

Evaluating Informants

Working an Informant

Writing Reports and Field Notes

Field Notes

Reports

Principles of Report Writing

Surveillance and Undercover Operations

Surveillance

Undercover Operations

Crime Scene Investigation

Protecting the Crime Scene

Searching the Crime Scene

Specialized Scientific Methods

The Crime Laboratory

Introduction

Purpose of a Crime Lab

Fundamentals of a Crime Lab

Evidence

Crime Lab Services

Equipment

New Technologies

Forensic Science Libraries

Central and Regional Labs

Accreditation

Sex Offenses

Aspects of Illicit Sexual Behavior

Classifying Sexual Behavior

Sexual Misadventure Deaths

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Death through Violence

Suicide

Homicide

Identifying Bodies

Estimating the Time of Death

Evidence from Cause of Death

Medicolegal Investigation

Infanticide

Mass Murder

Spree Murder

Serial Murder

Lust Murder

Assault and Robbery

Assault

Robbery

Property Crimes

The Nature of Burglary

The Preliminary Investigation

The Follow-Up Investigation

Larceny

Investigating a Larceny-Theft

Auto Theft

Motor Vehicle Theft Enforcement Act

Crime of Opportunity

Carjacking

Shoplifting

Fraud

Cybercrime

Computer Theft

Investigation

Narcotics and Other Drugs

The Controlled Substances Act

Types of Drugs

Drug-Trafficking Organizations

Money Laundering

Drug Intelligence

Offenders Who Use Drugs

Drug Dependence

Conducting a Drug Investigation

Asset Forfeiture

Preventing Drug Abuse

The Police/Prosecutor Relationship

Case Preparation

Case Screening

Police Liaison with Prosecution

Benefits of an Improved Relationship

Investigative Trends

Computers

Private Security Connections

Forensic Science

Forensic Psychology

Augmented Reality

Technology

Bias Crimes

Index

Author Bio

Michael J. Palmiotto, Ph.D., is a professor of Criminal Justice and undergraduate coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. He is a former police officer in New York State, serving with the White Plains and Scarsdale Police Departments. He has experience in establishing and operating a police training facility in western Pennsylvania. He has a master’s degree from John Jay College (CUNY) and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palmiotto has been a faculty member of several universities including Western Illinois University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Dr. Palmiotto has published ten books, twelve book chapters, and numerous articles on criminal justice and law enforcement. He has published in the areas of criminal investigations, community policing, police misconduct, police globalization, and police training, to name a few topics.

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