- Hardcover: 580 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (August 4, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130809802
- ISBN-13: 978-0130809803
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,639,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This text overall is very well written and easy to understand. It is student and instructor friendly. It is not overburdened with technical jargon." Harold Frossard, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Il--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of criminal investigation, including documentation, suspect identification, and report writing. The book provides the latest techniques in crime detection, criminal apprehension and prosecution, collection and use of evidence and information, and detailed coverage of specific crimes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Where to begin? Wow.
- book begins with a modern case of murder, but it sloppily introduces the history of policing and crime scene investigation; what does it have to do with the history of policing? nothing; what does it have to do with the history of crime scene investigation; nothing. Perhaps it might be setting up the "CSI Effect" later discussed in the chapter; nope - no connection.
- the author tries to define and explain "inductive" versus "deductive" reasoning, and leaves the reader more confused than when they began; likely the author doesn't know the difference, as the explanations appear to be a discussion of synonyms. Inductive reasoning is virtually undefined by the author, but rather suggested through an immediate example. From that weak study, the author expounds into strong and weak deductions. Similarly, the author tries harder to define deduction, and ends up with "reasoning based on specific pieces of evidence to establish proof...". What? That's the definition? No, it is not. Wait until he adds "abduction" to the mix.
- on page 23 we learn that, "A police department's reporting system and the investigative role of patrol car are inextricably bound." Really? A patrol car performs an investigative role which is bound to the department's reporting system? I'll let Ford know that.
- same page contains the unintelligible sentence, "The second provides an opportunity for details of the investigation thus far expended so the follow-up plans do not unnecessarily duplicate tasks already completed." Provides an opportunity for details of the investigation thus far expended so... What? Where did this sentence fragment come from? He is trying to explain the second component of the "reporting system".
- page 24, shows a picture of a sergeant and calls him a "patrol officer"; police recruits know the difference
- page 33, tells the reader, "It is recommended that notes be taken in a bound notebook...", and, "...a small spiral notebook is used." The author suggests that the pages should be permanent so the appearance of removed pages is avoided when submitted during discovery.
- page 37, conversely tells the reader, "...officers should...use...a loose-leaf notebook so the pages can be easily removed and filed." Which notebook should the rookie investigator run out and purchase? I guess stay tuned for the 8th edition.
- page 39, implores us to "Try to use the active voice..."
- page 41, give us a perfect example of the ideal report, except (you guessed it) it uses passive voice ("Subject was read his rights...").
- page 42, tells us that supplemental reports are considerably longer than the initial complaint. Really? Previously the author explained the RAND study which directs officers to conduct most (if not all) the investigation up front and clear the case when capable. That would likely consist of just a single, very detailed initial investigation with maybe a short paragraph from the detective saying he/she read it and the case disposition.
- the author goes in to detail convincing us that digital photography will soon be the standard in CSI documentation; well, it's been that way for some time. Since that trend has passed, and it has been the standard, body-cams and surveillance video are becoming more common; nothing mentioned about those (or at least yet, as I'm crawling to the end of this book). Likewise, no mention of aerial photography (helicopter or drone), yet.
- the author tells us to record (for every one of the 100-200 photos he suggests we take), the f-stop, shutter speed, etc. of the camera settings. No. CSI doesn't do that. You can imagine how long that would take to accomplish even the initial walkthrough photos. The criminal would be deceased of old age by the time this crime scene was processed. Remember, good CSI personnel photograph (or video) virtually everything they do, to document it. Even the author's example photo log has no listing for this data; digital photos record it automatically with the digital photo data.
- crime scene diagramming described is VERY basic and crude; there are many more methods, described in far better terms, in more competent texts (GPS, lasers, etc.). The evidence is found using various search techniques (none of which I find in this text, yet; grid searches, zone searches, inward / outward spiral, parallel, etc.).
- case studies inserted at random points that have no relation to the surrounding text, with no attempt to use them in support of the learning objectives.
I'm on page 63 (out of 611), and I have only pointed out less than half of the errors I find. This...is...painful.
I wish it was a hardcover, cause wear and tear is evident.
If I could give no stars I would. I'm glad I only rented it for what I needed it for and it's promptly been sent back.