Traditionally, forensic investigation has not been fully utilized in the investigation of property crime. This ground-breaking book examines the experiences of patrol officers, command staff, detectives, and chiefs as they navigate the expectations of forensic evidence in criminal cases, specifically property crimes cases. DNA and Property Crime Scene Investigation looks at the current state of forensic technology and, using interviews with police officers, command staff, forensic technicians, and prosecutors, elucidates who is doing the work of forensic investigation. It explores how better training can decrease backlogs in forensic evidence processing and prevent mishandling of crucial evidence. Concluding with a police chief’s perspective on the approach, DNA and Property Crime Scene Investigation provides insight into an emerging and important approach to property crime scene investigation.
Foreword by Larry S. Miller A Series of Questions Transition the Lens Forensics Science and the Criminal Justice System The Police Organization, Forensics, and the Investigation Process Collecting Genetic Forensic Evidence Research Methodology Research Findings Where Do We Go From Here A Police Chief’s Perspective