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The Police Composite Sketch 2010th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1607618317
ISBN-10: 1607618311
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“I would certainly recommend Stephen Mancusi’s text, The Police Composite Sketch, to anyone interested in the process of artistically retrieving a face from memory for investigative purposes. Though not the first book solely devoted to composite sketching, it is the best one. … This volume serves as a tangible representation of a highly successful career’s worth of crime-fighting police composite art. … The information shared, particularly drawing tips, should be useful to both novice and seasoned police artists.” (Karen T. Taylor, Amazon, December, 2010)

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The police composite sketch, one of the most crucial investigative tools in law enforcement, is developed during a composite session―an intense display of communication and art in which the words of a witness are transformed into the features of a suspect. Despite the incredible technological leaps made in investigative work, the forensic science of composite sketching still relies on the basic elements of drawing skill, interpretive ability and the spoken word. The Police Composite Sketch is a comprehensive manual on how to conduct a complete composite session. Through an array of case studies, it details several disciplines that comprise this specialized forensic art, including composite sketching, image modification, age progression, facial comparison analysis, demonstrative evidence and postmortem/skull reconstruction. It also explores how to intuit insights that are often inadvertently revealed by witnesses, victims and perpetrators during the composite session. In addition, this book discusses other relevant topics, such as the three-stage drawing technique, witness and victim types, descriptive terminologies, managing composite sessions. Complete with numerous illustrations and drawing tips, this seminal work offers a general composite session philosophy and specific session strategies to both experienced and aspiring forensic artists as well as any lay reader intrigued by this fascinating skill.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Humana Press; 2010 edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607618311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607618317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Mancusi's book, The Police Composite Sketch, is both a testament to his skill as a forensic artist, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject of composite drawings. It belongs in the basic library of written/illustrated guides to the world of forensic art necessary to any aspiring artist. The excellent renderings and clear explanations give everything needed to start the journey in this demanding field. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to both the future forensic artist and to the general lay reader as well.
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I would certainly recommend Stephen Mancusi's text, The Police Composite Sketch, to anyone interested in the process of artistically retrieving a face from memory for investigative purposes. Though not the first book solely devoted to composite sketching, it is the best one. As the title indicates, this is a work expressly about drawings from eyewitness descriptions, told from a position of "street smart" savvy by a veteran police officer. Other aspects of forensic art are mentioned only briefly.

This volume serves as a tangible representation of a highly successful career's worth of crime-fighting police composite art. Stephen's solid personal experience and proven results are visually demonstrated with extensive skillful facial drawing examples. The information shared, particularly drawing tips, should be useful to both novice and seasoned police artists. Much of the material is presented anecdotally through the re-telling of case studies, which are peppered with a wealth of insightful tips and suggestions.

In a time when research in cognitive psychology provides more and more valuable insight into eyewitness memory retrieval and face recognition issues, the personal accounts related here also underscore a fundamental truth. The basic tenets of art skill, anatomical knowledge and intuitive, sensitive interviewing techniques should not be underestimated in this complex process. Stephen's work clearly establishes that these remain root components of the facial composite-generating function that no software can ever fully replicate or replace. Users of composite software systems would be well-advised to learn the foundations put forth in this book.

Mancusi is to be commended for the compilation and painstaking documentation of this worthwhile body of work and particularly for sharing his understanding and acumen with future practitioners.'
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I loved this book. Actually bought it as a gift but read it myself. Couldn't put it down. Stephen Mancusi, author & police sketch artist, did a great job presenting this subject. This is a wonderfully interesting book, not only informative but also at times amusing.
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Stephen Mancusi has written an outstanding book! I would recommend "The Police Composite Sketch" book to anyone who is interested in forensic art or is a forensic artist. He is also one of the best forensic art teachers out there. Stephen has Integrity, Knowledge, Excellent Art skills and is also a retired First Grade Detective from NYPD, all of this makes him one of a kind. I can honestly say it is one of the Best Forensic Art books out there. You will only benefit from this book. Congratulations on this book! Looking forward to the next one!
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Excellent book. Breaks down every detail very nicely.
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