Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation

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Sage Publications
This book is a lucid and practical guide to understanding the core skills and issues involved in the criminal investigation process. Guiding students through a mock criminal investigation, each chapter introduces a layer of the crime scene and an investigative activity to allow students to develop a true comprehension of how forensic and criminal investigation takes place.

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 and ensure that the veracity of evidence and decision making is made clear.

The book is organised around the three key strategic phases in a criminal investigation: Instigation and Initial Response; The Investigation and Case Management, and each strategic phase of the investigative process is discussed to ensure the processes and responsibilities are relayed in a logical and practical structure. Alongside this practical approach theoretical perspectives and academic research are laid bare for students.

Targeted at undergraduate students studying forensic and criminal investigation on criminology and policing course, this book is the perfect balance of practical and theoretical learning.
By introducing each step taken in a criminal investigation, this text allows students to gain a clear understanding of the processes involved and helps them to critically assess the interplay of investigations, criminology and forensics.

Book News
Written at the University of Gloucestershire, this textbook places criminal investigation in the historical and modern criminal justice context, describes the mechanics of crime scene processing, and introduces the science behind palynology, entomology, DNA evidence, electronic data, and suspect prioritization. Interviewing victims and witnesses and the nine-step Reid technique for suspect interrogation are discussed. Real-life vignettes demonstrate the impact of evidence on strategic and judicial decisions. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London : SAGE, 2013
ISBN: 9780857027511
Characteristics: x, 222 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Monckton Smith, Jane


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