The Practice Of Crime Scene Investigation

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John Horswell
CRC Press, Apr 19, 2016 - Law - 456 pages
Crime scene investigation involves the use and integration of scientific methods, physical evidence, and deductive reasoning in order to determine and establish the series of events surrounding a crime. The quality of the immediate crime scene response and the manner in which the crime scene is examined are critical to the success of the investigation. Evidence that is missed or corrupted by incomplete or improper handling can have a devastating effect on a case and keep justice from being served.
The Practice of Crime Scene Investigation covers numerous aspects of crime scene investigation, including the latest in education and training, quality systems accreditation, quality assurance, and the application of specialist scientific disciplines to crime. The book discusses a range of basic and advanced techniques such as fingerprinting, dealing with trauma victims, photofit technology, the role of the pathologist and ballistic expert, and signal processing. It also reviews specialist crime scene examinations including clandestine laboratories, drug operations, arson, and explosives.
 

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Contents

1 Crime scene investigation
1
2 Associative evidence 8211 the Locard exchange principle
45
an Australian perspective
57
Australia8217s experience
67
5 Management of crime scene investigation
83
6 Application of forensic light sources at the crime scene
97
7 Crime scene photography
125
8 Specialised photography and imaging
139
12 Establishing identity with odontology
241
13 Drug operations
267
14 Clandestine drug laboratory investigations
287
15 Fire and explosion scene examination
297
16 The scientific requirements and outcomes of a sexual assault crime scene investigation
311
17 Botanical and soil evidence at the crime scene
317
18 The application of entomology to criminal investigations
347
19 Physical comparative evidence
361

9 Fingerprint identification
161
10 The ballistics expert at the scene
181
11 The role of the pathologist at the crime scene
195
20 Signal processing evidence
387
key issues for the future
399
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