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The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators Paperback – December 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • 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: #1,077,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joseph L. Giacalone is a retired Detective Sergeant with an extensive background in criminal investigations. He has held many prestigious positions, but his favorite was the Commanding Officer of a Cold Case Homicide Squad. Joe has personally worked on hundreds of murders, suicides and missing person cases throughout his career and is always willing to share his knowledge and experiences with others. He is a highly decorated member of the force, including the recipient of the Department Medal of Valor.

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

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Well-organized and written in a clear and crisp format.
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Joseph Giacalone defines and describes the investigative function in depth, using a professional and clear, simple approach.
Arie K.
I recommend this book to anyone who's interesting in law enforcement.
Audrey West

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TKodiak on December 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Someone in your agency will "borrow" this because it is the go-to manual for the new investigator. Joe is an accomplished Detective and Instructor with the NYPD who has taken the time to put what you need to know in writing.
TK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on December 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Joe is extremely knowledgeable in this topic. He is both a practitioner and academian. This book is very easy to read,easily understood and is full of his investigative practical experience. An awesome book for both beginners and seasoned investigators. It is my hopes that criminal justice programs throughout the United States will utilize his expertise and adopt this book for their students. It's affordability is an added bonus.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Copperhead6 on October 30, 2011
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This book is nicely laid out and easy to read. As an adult, and a law enforcement officer, this book is simplistic. I would recommend this book for someone who does not have any experience and has an interest in police investigation. My big complaint about the book is the over use of acronyms. Every topic is broken down into an acronym and it becomes annoying. This book would be good for a teen who is looking at a career in law enforcement. This book could have benefited from the author's real world experiences and he should have injected facts based from his own investigations.
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After spending a decade in
Law Enforcement I have read this book and I feel that this is one of the best books written about Investigations. I strongly recommend this book for any one that is interested in the field of criminal investigation. Well worth the read and well worth the money. Excellent job in articulating the primary functions that are needed to conduct a preliminary criminal investigation.
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Many law enforcement textbooks have been written by academics with little, or no, real experience. The author of this book has many years of actual, crime scene experience.

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.
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By Arie K. on February 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I can't even begin to describe how extremely necessary this book is, for experienced and new
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
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