1st Edition

Crime Scene Processing and Laboratory Workbook

By Patrick Jones, Ralph E. Williams Copyright 2009
    286 Pages 122 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    282 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    The most important part of a CSI’s (crime scene investigator) job is accurate documentation of properly collected evidence. Documentation tells the story of the crime and can ultimately prove a suspect guilty. Through an array of specific exercises and actual document templates used in practice, Crime Scene Processing and Laboratory Workbook teaches students the proper physical evidence collection and processing techniques which will enable them to master the skills necessary to become a proficient CSI.

    Building on prior knowledge and facilitating hands-on experience, this laboratory manual allows students to practice the methods, procedures, and techniques associated with forensic science, crime scene investigation, documentation, and evidence handling. What makes this lab manual unique is that it follows a single hypothetical case to show each of the investigative techniques in the context of a real crime. Highlighting the skills and equipment needed for each assignment, the text presents over twenty separate exercises that alternate between investigating physical evidence specific to the crime scene and evidence specific to the laboratory. The book also provides useful forms, including the laboratory submission request, that duplicate real-world experience and demonstrate how to properly collect, record, and submit evidence.

    This volume is a useful companion to Gardner’s Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation and Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation. The exercises are designed to be completed with or without the help of a partner or as a member of a team. The appendices contain supplemental forms and numbered tent cards that can be used during the exercises along with other additional material such as a glossary and instructions on how to accurately write reports.

    Watch Patrick Jones in his laboratory on the CRC Press YouTube channel.

    Exercise 1 Camera and Equipment

    Exercise 2 Report Writing and Crime Scene Documentation

    Exercise 3 The Crime Scene

    Exercise 4 Photo Imaging Assignment

    Exercise 5 Evidence Collection and Packaging

    Exercise 6 The Secondary Crime Scene

    Exercise 7 Fingerprints

    Exercise 8 Close Up or Bench Photo Imaging

    Exercise 9 Wafting

    Exercise 10 CSI vs. Real CSI

    Exercise 11 Advanced Fingerprints

    Exercise 12 Presumptive Testing for Blood

    Exercise 13 Blood Drops and Blood Spatter Patterns

    Exercise 14 Car Crash

    Exercise 15 Toolmarks

    Exercise 16 Recovering a Firearm

    Exercise 17Interactive Virtual Crime Scene

    Exercise 18 Soil

    Exercise 19 Forensic Entomology

    Exercise 20 Additional Practice with Your Camera

    Exercise 21 Microscopy

    Exercise 22 Footwear Impressions

    Appendix A Report Form Instructions

    Appendix B Glossary

    Appendix C Scales

    Appendix D Tent Cards

    Appendix E Photo ID & North Card

    Appendix F How to Print Small Images

    Appendix G Extra Reports

    Appendix H "Maggot Motel"


    Patrick Jones and Ralph E. Williams are with Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

    The preface of this workbook states that its intent is to assist students in learning the "techniques of collection and processing crime scenes". The authors have achieved this goal.

    —Mike Illes, Trent University and Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal, Vol. 43, No. 1, March 2010