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Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook

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Author: Baxter Jr., Everett

Brand: CRC Press

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 610

Release Date: 20-05-2015

Details: Product Description Crime scene investigators are the foundation for every criminal investigation. The admissibility and persuasiveness of evidence in court, and in turn, the success of a case, is largely dependent upon the evidence being properly collected, recorded, and handled for future analysis by investigators and forensic analysts in the lab. Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook is the most complete, one-stop practical reference for law enforcement and crime scene professionals as well as students looking to enter the field. The book provides step-by-step methods and best practice protocols for effectively finding, recognizing, recording, collecting, preserving, handling, and packaging evidence. With more than 650 full color photos and illustrations the book covers: The investigative team and its responsibilities The rules for forensic search and seizure Proper documentation of evidence via note-taking, photography, and sketching Search patterns and the special considerations for various searches The use of alternative light sources Presumptive tests via luminol and other methods Latent fingerprint processing Evidence collection and packaging Serological, trace, firearms, toolmark, footwear, tire, and digital evidence Injury documentation Appendices with a full compliment of sample forms, equipment lists, and checklists to assist in crime scene investigation A special considerations section reviews topics such as shooting scene and bloodstain documentation, clandestine graves and scattered human remains, fire scenes, and questioned document evidence. The final chapters examine how to develop a working plan and processing methodology as well as effective report writing. This book is a must-have reference for experienced forensic, crime scene, and investigative professionals as well as students in forensic science programs looking to enter the field.A specially developed companion lab exercise workbook―The Complete Crime Scene Investigation Workbook (ISBN: 978-1-4987-0142-6)―is also available for purchase and can be used in conjunction with this handbook, both for group training purposes or for individuals looking for hands-on self-study. Review "Baxter specializes in crime scene investigation, and his expertise is apparent throughout the handbook he authored to accompany his courses on the subject. The volume illustrates and discusses, step-by-step, best practices for recognizing evidence and recording, collecting, and preserving it. Forget the CSI television programs―this volume provides a fascinating look at crime scene investigation by a real expert."―K. Evans, Indiana State University, in CHOICE About the Author With over 22 years combined law enforcement experience, Everett Baxter served as a licensed paramedic in the State of Oklahoma acquiring extensive training and experience in medical emergencies and the mechanism of injury. He holds an Associate in Applied Science from Oklahoma City Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma specializing in Emergency Medical Technology. As a member of the Oklahoma City Police Department's Crime Scene Unit he expanded on his medical and scientific education with numerous courses including bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting scene reconstruction, fingerprinting and forensic mapping. He currently teaches a basic Crime Scene Investigations course for the Oklahoma City Police Department and is an adjunct professor at the local college teaching Technical Investigations, police photography, and Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.

Package Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches

Languages: English