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Criminal Investigation for the Professional Investigator

1st Edition

By Warren J. Sonne, BCPI, CLI

CRC Press

184 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Aimed at the busy professional who aspires to become certified in the field, Criminal Investigation for the Professional Investigator is a single source guide that details essential techniques a trained investigator will be called upon to perform during the course of a career. Comprehensive and accessible, the book is authored by a veteran of the NYPD who gained extensive training and experience and went on to launch and operate two successful private investigation agencies.

The book covers crucial topics such as crime scenes, how to document and secure them upon arrival, how to interact with witnesses and suspects, and how to correctly obtain search warrants; death investigations…how to conduct them when they involve natural causes, suicide, homicide, accidents, and gunshot and stab wounds; the art of interrogation…warrants, techniques, and how to interrogate juveniles; and specific criminal investigations…robbery, burglary, narcotics, and sex crimes. The book also provides important strategies for making arrests and testifying in courtrooms, details the most effective investigative tools to use, and explains the role of criminal defense investigators.

Criminal Investigation for the Professional Investigator is part of the Professional Investigators series that is intended to provide all present and future members of the investigative community with the knowledge and insight to reach the height of their profession.

Author Warren J. Sonne wrote an article entitled "The Ashley Gang: What Really Happened" in the Fort Pierce-based Indian River Magazine. This article sheds new light on the exploits of one of Florida's most notorious crime families and their shooting deaths on the Sebastian Bridge in 1924. The magazine subsequently won the Best In-Depth Reporting Award for this story during the annual Florida Magazine Association meeting in Orlando.

Reviews

"Where was this text thirty years ago when I needed it most…Criminal Investigation for the Professional Investigator…needs to be required reading for every law enforcement officer in America and beyond…"

Jim Silvania, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Columbus, Ohio and the National Association of Legal Investigators

Table of Contents

CRIME CLEARANCE

Clearance by Arrest

Exceptional Clearance

Unfounded Complaints

Administrative Closing

CRIME SCENES

Arrival at the Scene

Documenting and Securing the Scene

Securing and Segregating Witnesses and Suspects

Processing the Scene for Evidence

Search Warrants at Crime Scenes

Changeable Crime Scenes

Stable Crime Scenes

Crime Scene Summary

Witnesses

Canvassing

Exit, Release, or Continue Securing the Scene

Crime Scene Checklist

DEATH INVESTIGATIONS

Death by Natural Causes

Accidental Deaths

Suicides

Causes for Suspicion

Gunshot Wounds

Suffocation or Hanging

Knives and Stab Wounds

Poisons/Overdoses

Deaths at Fire Scenes

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS

Identity of the Victim

Arrests at the Scene

No Arrest at the Scene

Evaluation and Pursuit of Evidence

Evaluation of Victim and Witnesses

Who Commits Murder, and Where?

Certain homicide types vary by size of place

The proportion of homicides that are intimate homicides differs

by type of area

Suspect List

Motive, Means, Opportunity

People Without the Means to Commit the Murder Should

Be Moved Down the List

Serial Killers, Sexual Homicides, and Random Murders

National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime

Closing Homicide Investigations

Solvability

Arrests in Homicide Investigations

INTERROGATIONS AND CONFESSIONS

Interrogation Warning: Absolute Right to Counsel

The Need for Arrest Warrants

Ready to Interrogate

Know the Facts

Interrogating Juveniles

Waiver of Miranda Rights by a Juvenile

Closing Cases with No Arrest

ROBBERY INVESTIGATIONS

Robbery Victims

Eyewitness Interviews

Eyewitness Identifications

Arrests Based on Witness Identification

Modus Operandi

Informants and Robbery Investigations

BURGLARY INVESTIGATIONS

Residential Burglary

Commercial Burglary

Crime Analysis/Commercial Burglary

Crime Scene/Commercial Burglary

Canvass/Commercial Burglary

Insurance Frauds and Inside Jobs

Follow-Up Investigation in Commercial Burglary

NARCOTICS INVESTIGATIONS

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA)

Organized Crime

Intelligence

Citizen Complaints

Surveillance to Initiate Investigations

Registered Confidential Informants

Handling Confidential Informants

Buy Operations

SEX CRIME INVESTIGATIONS

Sex Crime Definitions

Forcible Sex Crimes

Are Sex Crimes About Sex?

Investigating Forcible Nonstranger Sex Crimes

Spousal Offenses

Acquaintance Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes, Alcohol, and Drugs

Interviewing the Victim - Nonstranger Assaults

Interviewing the Suspect - Nonstranger Assaults

Preparation for the Interviewing of Suspects

Stranger Sex Crimes

Serial Crimes

Victim Interview - Stranger Sex Crimes

Canvass

Case Analysis

ARREST STRATEGIES

Nature of the Crime

Background

Arrest Location

Surprise and Immobilization

Equipment and Backup Personnel

Ingress/Egress

Number of Potential Arrests

Transportation of Prisoners

TESTIFYING

Preparation

Testimony as Public Speaking

Making a First Impression

Speaking to the Judge and Jury

Pace of Testimony

"Your Honor, May I Review My Reports?"

Demeanor

INVESTIGATIVE TOOLS

Polygraph

Voice Stress Analysis

Psychics

Criminal Profiling

Deductive Profiling

Geographic Profiling

THE ROLE OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE INVESTIGATORS

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Initial Investigation

Protection of Information

Police Records

Background Investigation of Defendant Client

Interviewing Defendant Clients

Follow-Up Investigation

Crime Scene

Investigative Canvass

Witness Interviews

Report Writing

Trial Preparation

Testimony

Appeals

INDEX

About the Series

Professional Investigators Series

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science