1st Edition

The Detective's Handbook

Edited By John Eterno, Cliff Roberson Copyright 2015
    385 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    John A. Eterno, Cliff Roberson