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1st Edition

Criminal Investigation on the Street

ISBN 9781138220898
Published October 29, 2021 by Routledge
706 Pages 321 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Criminal Investigation on the Street presents investigative principles and techniques—and applies them to solving real-world crimes—in an engaging, student-friendly style centered on the Investigative Triangle: legal aspects, evidence, and behavioral analysis.

Students and instructors alike will benefit from this book’s comprehensive coverage and accessible writing style. Along with the Investigative Triangle model, which provides a solid framework for approaching investigations, students will also learn about Criminal Investigative Analysis, a range of behavior-based services and strategies to help solve crimes. Chapters 1–7 (Section I) present the principles and techniques of criminal investigation—history and theory, legal background, forensics, crime scene, witnesses and informants, interviews and interrogations—including a chapter on crime analysis and Criminal Investigative Analysis. Chapters 8–13 (Section II) apply these principles and techniques to specific types of crime, beginning with assault and death investigations and a separate chapter on culpable homicide. Section II also covers sex crimes; theft, burglary, robbery, and arson; enterprise and white-collar crime, and terrorism. The book is illustrated throughout with a variety of Exhibits: photographs and drawings, flowcharts, facsimiles of police documents, and other instructive visuals. Each chapter begins with an engaging vignette, some based on high-profile news articles and others drawn from the author’s extensive experience. Interactive features—Case Focus, You Call It, and You Write It—occur at strategic points in every chapter, challenging students to answer questions and apply concepts to actual cases and fictional scenarios. Each chapter ends with a return to the Investigative Triangle, assessing how it applies to the chapter’s main topics. Chapters 1–7 (Section I) each include a list of Important Cases (court decisions relevant to the chapter’s key concepts). At the end of every chapter (Sections I and II), the Investigate Further feature provides an annotated list of readings, films, and other resources appropriate for class projects, term papers, and special assignments. Each chapter concludes with review questions and a chapter summary.

This book is geared to students in the Criminal Investigation course at both two- and four-year institutions, and will appeal to those aspiring to a career in any field related to criminal investigation.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Origins and Principles of Criminal Investigation

Chapter 2: Legal Aspects of Criminal Investigation

Chapter 3: Forensics

Chapter 4: The Crime Scene

Chapter 5: Witnesses, Informants, and Related Sources of Information

Chapter 6: Interviewing and Interrogation (I & I)

Chapter 7: Crime Analysis and Criminal Investigative Analysis


Chapter 8: Assault and Death Investigations

Chapter 9: Culpable Homicide Investigations

Chapter 10: Sex Crimes

Chapter 11: Theft, Burglary, Robbery, and Arson

Chapter 12: Enterprise Crime

Chapter 13: Terrorism





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G. W. Hildebrand draws upon decades of investigative experience as a state police officer and Texas Ranger. Having worked, analyzed, assisted at, or studied over 3,000 violent crime scenes in a 40-year career, he has gained specialized insight into criminal behavior and investigative principles and techniques as they apply to real-world circumstances.

His extensive experience as a full fellow in the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF) and training with the FBI Behavioral Science Unit add a unique dimension to this book. As an instructor and department chair in a large community college, Prof. Hildebrand is well acquainted with what students need to be engaged in this topic and to grasp the material more readily. He developed, implemented, and maintains one of the best Academic Police Academy programs in his state, and has oversight and training responsibilities of students who qualify to sit for state law enforcement licensing examinations. His approach to crime solutions involves a combination of forensic evidence, criminal behavioral analysis, and various investigative techniques.


"...[I]t’s great to see the topic of profiling not only present but broken down in a way that can be understood by undergraduate students."

Michelle Rippy, California State University – East Bay

"The overall presentation of material, with a distinct separation of practical investigative skills (Section I) from cases (Section II), is an excellent approach to teaching the overall subject of criminal investigation. The active learning exercises are well developed and applied at key points in each chapter. That, in conjunction with content that is accurate and well supported, makes this text a valuable teaching and reference tool."

Frank Dufon, University of West Florida (retired)

"[C]oncise, readable, and teachable."

Monica Hack-Polkosnik, Herkimer College