CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, Kären M. Hess, Christine Hess Orthmann and Henry Lim Cho (11th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2016)
This book takes a field-based approach to modern investigative principles. Each topic is grounded on current research and demonstrates techniques and practical applications for a better learning experience.
The book is divided into 5 broad sections with each section sub-divided into chapters. Section 1 introduces criminal investigation and has one chapter that gives an overview of the subject. Section 2 is on basic investigative principles. It highlights seven key topics in preliminary investigations. These are: documenting the crime scene; writing effective reports; searches; forensic and physical evidence; obtaining information and intelligence; and identifying and arresting suspects.
Section 3 is on investigating violent crimes. This section addresses violent crimes including murder, assault, domestic violence, stalking and elder abuse. The section also addresses investigation of sex offences, crimes against children and robbery. Section 4, on the other hand, addresses crimes against property. Crimes addressed include burglary, larceny, theft, fraud and white collar crimes. Section 4 also elaborates investigation of motor vehicle theft, arson and crimes committed by use of bombs and explosives.
Section 5 is the final section and addresses new and emerging challenges to the criminal investigator. Crimes covered include computer crimes, drug-related crime and organized crime. Further, this section discusses gangs and other dangerous groups and terrorism. The section concludes by addressing preparation for trial and presenting cases in court.
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