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The Certified Criminal Investigator Body of Knowledge

1st Edition

By American College of Forensic Examiners Institute

CRC Press

539 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Description

Criminal investigators have a long list of duties. They must identify and secure a crime scene, conduct interviews of witnesses and victims, interrogate suspects, identify and properly collect evidence, and establish and maintain a chain of custody. Once an investigation is underway, the criminal investigator must demonstrate thorough knowledge of investigative techniques for misdemeanors or felonies and for violent or nonviolent crimes. The criminal investigator must also accurately and unbiasedly document each step in the investigative process as well as be proficient at testifying in a trial.

The Certified Criminal Investigator Body of Knowledge prepares candidates for the Certified Criminal Investigator®, CCI® program, the first open source, peer-reviewed credential in the world. The program sets standards for criminal investigation in a time when certification for investigators is crucial to filling gaps in the field. This book covers all aspects of the criminal investigation process to enable candidates to meet the requirements of the program. It reviews the history and development of forensic studies, ethical behavior of the investigator, evidence collection and preservation, investigation management, and courtroom demeanor and testimony.

Fulfilling a need for standardization of knowledge and competency in criminal investigation education, The Certified Criminal Investigator Body of Knowledge provides a thorough resource for the candidate preparing to become a criminal investigator. It also serves as a handy reference for the professional working through an investigation.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE

Professional Conduct

Ethics

Attributes of a Successful Investigator

Reference

History of Forensic Science

A History

Locard’s Exchange Principle

References

Developments of Forensic Science

Odontology

Anthropology

Entomology

Engineering

Pathology

Psychology

Botany

Serology

Toxicology

Nursing

Accounting

Digital Forensics

References

Section I Practice Test

CRIME SCENES AND EVIDENCE

Crime Scene Investigation

Types of Investigations

Initial Response

People at the Scene

Crime Scene Assessment

Scene Documentation

Crime Scene Search

Final Steps

References

Evidence

Evidence and Information

Evidence Collection

Evidence Preservation

Evidence Processing

References

DNA Evidence

DNA

Identification of DNA Evidence

Crime Scenes and DNA Evidence

DNA Evidence Collection

Submission of Evidence

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

References

Blood Spatter Pattern Analysis

Understanding Bloodstains

Documenting Bloodstains

Measuring Bloodstains

Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence

References

Postmortem Examination

The Investigation

Bodily Reactions to Death

Decomposition

Identification of Human Remains

Objectives of Medicolegal Examination

The Scene of the Investigation

References

Computer/Digital Forensics

The Importance of Digital Forensics

Evidence

Governance of Evidence Collection

Laws and Ethics

Forensic Hardware

Forensic Software

Incident Response

Investigative Questions

What to Look For

Internet Abuse by Employees

Computer Examination Techniques

Handling Digital Evidence

Network Forensics

Network Forensics Tools

References

Section II Practice Test

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND TRIALS

Management of Investigations

Management and Organization

Cases

Supervisory Procedures

Special Investigations

The Investigator’s Report

Reference

Interview, Interrogation, and Detecting Deception

Interviewing

Interrogation

Detecting Deception

Malingering

Summary

References

Criminal Trials

Trial Basics

Expert Witnesses

Investigator’s Testimony

Innocent but Proven Guilty

References

Section III Practice Test

CRIME

Domestic Abuse

Gender Differences

Forms of Domestic Abuse

References

Homicide

Overview

The Homicide Detective

Databases

References

Child Abuse

Infanticide

Child Abuse

Battered Child Syndrome

Neglect

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)

Sexual Abuse

Reference

Female Sexual Predators

Overview

Typologies

Developmental and Neurological Issues

Treatment Issues

Summary

References

Cyberpredators

Categories of Cyberpredators

The Internet’s Role in Predatory Behavior

Sexuality and Predatory Deviance

What to Do

Identity Thieves

Summary

References

Section IV Practice Test

INJURIES AND FATALITIES

Injuries

Blunt Force Injuries

Sharp Force Injuries

Closed Head Injuries

Firearm Injuries

Injuries and Fatalities from Automobile Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Train Accidents

Plane Accidents

Injuries to Specific Body Parts

Reference

Death Investigation

Medical Terminology

Coroner and Medical Exam Systems

The Death Scene

Victim Personality Assessment

Criminal Investigative Analysis (CIA)

Criminal Profiling

Offender Profile Analysis

Modus Operandi (MO) versus Signature

Organized versus Disorganized Crime

Serial Homicide Examples

References

Death by Homicide

Death Scene Analysis

Reconstruction: The Pyramid Approach

The Initial Call

The Scene

Legal Requirements

The Body

References

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS or Child Abuse

Investigating SIDS

Reference

Death by Asphyxia, Fire, and Drowning

Asphyxia

Death by Fire

Drowning

Reference

Death by Drugs and Poisoning

Drugs

Poisoning

Reference

Sex-Related Homicide and Autoerotic Fatalities

Sex-Related Homicide

Autoerotic Fatalities

Reference

Suicide and Equivocal Deaths

Suicide

Equivocal Deaths

Reference

Section V Practice Test

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY

Psychological Autopsy

Introduction to Psychological Autopsy

History of Psychological Autopsy

Psychological Evidence

Suicidology

Autoerotic Complications

Modern Changes in Psychological Autopsy

Methods and Reports

Psychological Autopsy in Forensic Contexts

Psychological Autopsy Uses

Historical Analyses

Conclusion

References

Section VI Practice Test

About the Author

The Center for National Threat Assessment (CNTA) is an intellectual property management group that is responsible for overseeing the certification process of professionals in homeland security, forensics, psychotherapy, and integrative medicine. CNTA manages the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Leading professionals from the four associations provide CNTA with a pool of intellectual capital and enhance the field of their respective profession by writing and publishing important articles in four monthly peer-reviewed journals: Inside Homeland Security, The Forensic Examiner, the Annals of American Psychotherapy, and The American Association of Integrative Medicine Journal. The CNTA is responsible for the maintenance and development of over 32 certifications in homeland security, forensics, psychotherapy, and integrative medicine. The CNTA strives for all of its exams and certification processes to be psychometrically valid and meet the American National Standards Institute’s 17024 international standards for personnel certification.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science