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1st Edition

The Detective's Handbook

ISBN 9781482260045
Published June 1, 2015 by Routledge
385 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Detective’s Handbook details the vital information law enforcement officers need to know to become better detectives. Since all essential aspects of detective work cannot be covered in a single volume, the editors have selected 20 of the most critical issues detectives face in their day-to-day work and present them in separate chapters.

Using a unique format and style, this essential handbook draws on the expertise of contributors with police and academic backgrounds to provide both new and seasoned detectives with invaluable insights. It covers a wide range of detective procedures and practices employed in the United States and can be read as a whole or used as a reference for conducting various types of investigations and interrogations.

The book highlights common mistakes and outlines best practices to help readers avoid making the same mistakes in the field. It provides the tools and understanding to conduct the range of investigations that today’s detectives will most likely have to conduct, including those involving sexual predators, healthcare and financial fraud, cyber crime, gangs, cults, personal violence, and property.

The text concludes with a section on all-purpose practices and lessons for investigations. In this section, readers will learn the practical aspects of interviewing and interrogating witnesses, including how to interview and communicate with special populations, such as those with mental and physical disabilities.

Sharing the most effective investigative practices and procedures in use today, this book is a must-have for police, sheriffs, and other government agencies that are responsible for protecting the public.

Table of Contents


Homicide Investigations; John A. Eterno
What Detectives Should Know about Sexual Predators; Ron Rufo
Special Victims Investigations; Dana Galante
Arson Investigation; John Boal


Investigation of Insurance Fraud; Peter C. Kratcoski and Maximilian Edelbacher
Burglary Investigations; Harrison Watts
Investigation of Health-Care Fraud; Stephen A. Morreale
White-Collar and Financial Fraud Investigations; Frank DiMarino

Collection and Preservation of Digital Evidence; Mark McCoy and Rachael Elliott
Cybercrime Investigation: An International Perspective; Szde Yu
Use of Crime Analysis in Criminal Investigations; Deniese Kennedy-Kollar

Gang Investigations; John P. McLaughin
Handling Informers; David Lowe
Investigations by Police of Police; Rocco DeBenedetto
Investigation of Occult Groups; Gordon A. Crews

Practical Aspects of Interviewing and Interrogating Witnesses and Suspects; Mathew O’Deane
Detectives and the Criminal Investigation Process; Casilda E. Roper-Simpson
Interviewing and Communicating with Special Populations, Including Nonverbal Individuals, Persons with Mental Disabilities or Illness, and the Deaf; Lauren M. Barrow
Fourth Amendment; Robert Winters
How to Get That Warrant Every Time; Mathew O’Deane

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John A. Eterno is a professor, associate dean, and director of graduate studies in criminal justice at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He is also a retired captain of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He has won awards for his research and teaching, including a Police Foundation Award for his research on physical standards for the NYPD, an Enterprise Initiative Award from the mayor of the city of New York for his work on mapping, a Molloy College Faculty Research Award for his research in the field of criminal justice, and two teaching awards from graduate students.

Dr. Eterno has penned numerous books, book chapters, articles, and editorials on various topics, including democratic policing, human trafficking, data-driven policy, police management, policing within the law, investigations, combating terrorism in democracies, and global policing. Some of his most recent publications include an op-ed in The New York Times titled "Policing by the Numbers," a peer-reviewed article in the International Journal of Police Science and Management with Eli Silverman (professor emeritus at John Jay College) called "Compstat: Compare Statistics or Compose Statistics," and two books titled The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (with Eli Silverman) and The New York City Police Department: The Impact of Its Policies and Practices.

Cliff Roberson is an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. He is also a retired professor of criminology from California State University, Fresno. He is the former editor in chief of the Professional Issues in Criminal Justice journal and former managing editor of Police Practice and Research. He has authored or coauthored more than 60 books and texts on legal and criminal justice subjects. His previous academic experiences include associate vice president for academic affairs, Arkansas Tech University; dean of arts and sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; director of programs, National College of District Attorneys; professor of criminology and director of justice center, California State University, Fresno; and assistant professor of criminal justice, St. Edwards University.

His nonacademic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel, and military judge as a marine judge advocate, and director of the Military Law Branch, U.S. Marine Corps. Other legal employment experiences include trial supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and judge pro tem in the California courts. Cliff is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, Federal Courts in California and Texas, Supreme Court of Texas, and Supreme Court of California. His educational background includes PhD in human behavior, U.S. International University; LLM in criminal law, criminology, and psychiatry, George Washington University; JD, American University; BA in political science, University of Missouri; and one year of postgraduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.