- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Looseleaf Law Publications, Inc (December 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608850234
- ISBN-13: 978-1608850235
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators Paperback – December 9, 2010
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More About the Author
Joe has appeared on several media outlets as a police and investigations expert. He recently returned from the Middle East on a law enforcement training mission on Gender Based Violence.
Joseph L. Giacalone obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. He has been an Adjunct Professor at John Jay since January of 2006.
In his spare time, he writes his own criminal investigation Blog, http://www.ColdCaseSquad.com.
You can follow Joe and the Cold Case Squad Blog on Twitter: @ColdCaseSquad and @JoeGiacalone or through his website http://www.JoeGiacalone.net
Top Customer Reviews
On TV, detectives will get a phone call, quickly write down an address, and then rush out the door. It's dramatic, and it's also a bad idea. A quick check in the police computer will show if police have been to that address in the past, or if there has been criminal activity in that area in the past.
At the crime scene, the investigator will go over the crime scene with the first officer on the scene (who is supposed to establish the crime scene perimeter, detain witnesses, etc.). The investigator will sketch the scene, take lots of photographs and lots of notes, and establish chain of custody for all physical evidence found at the scene. There is a good, and bad, way to search the scene for evidence. It is vital to document everything. The defense attorney can be expected to focus on the smallest error in police procedure, and use that to move for an acquittal.
The follow-up investigation is necessary, but not very glamorous. It involves things like going over the crime scene photos again, and visiting the various law enforcement databases. The book talks about what is, and is not, allowable when it comes to eyewitness identification.
Much time in the book is spent on what haapens in the interrogation room, whether it is interviewing a witness, or interrogating a suspect. It is vital to establish some sort of connection between the interrogator and suspect. Last but not least, the investigator has to appear in court.Read more ›
investigators the same, to read, or better yet, to own. "The Criminal Investigative Function" is a guide
for investigators, only it is written in such a way, that the reader isn't just reading guidelines. Joseph
Giacalone defines and describes the investigative function in depth, using a professional and clear,
simple approach. The book is so intriguing that Giacalone's viewpoint allows for a thorough
investigation involving the reader. His writing format allows for all investigators to truly grasp the
investigation process on a realistic level. I can read this book on my own, simply because it is excellent
and when I am unsure, I can use it as a guide.
Joseph Giacalone's law enforcement experience and background, speaks for itself. He is
definitely an authority in the law enforcement community and he shares much of his knowledge
through detailed scenarios in this book, making sure that the reader is able to look at all the angles,
facts and possibilities before making a decision. His consistency throughout the book is clear and tends
to be a good quality in investigators, in order to thoroughly satisfy the investigation requirements.
I would recommend this book for any level investigator because the well respected, Joseph
Giacalone shares his keen insight throughout the entire book. He sheds light on areas and gives
reasoning for things that even the most experienced of investigators may not be aware of. His book
covers every aspect in detail, involving investigations. He is open-minded, yet, like the investigation
process, he leaves no room for error.The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators
Using his knowledge and passion, he covers everything known in police procedure, giving the reader a look into the real world of criminal investigation. The book is divided into chapters and each chapter is followed with questions for discussions and review. Not only is it a guide for someone looking to go into the law field, but it also works as a research tool.
As a writer, I appreciate his experience as he describes the dedication and role an investigator takes on in an effort to bring closure to the families who have lost loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book dearly. My Spring semester was a success and I really appreciate the fact that it isnt the ordinary ''textbook'' that we are required to spend tons of money on. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Audrey West
Well-organized and written in a clear and crisp format. The book provides fundamental investigative, legal and procedural concepts for novice and seasoned investigators. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by GR
Joe turned a text book into a page turner. He writes well and it is always a good thing to have a book written by a guy who has been there, done that, and has the t shirt to prove... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by William Bell
I was fortunate enough to have this book used as my text for my college course and it was a great read and learning experience. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Jorge