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The Practice Of Crime Scene Investigation

1st Edition

Edited by John Horswell

CRC Press

456 pages

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Crime scene investigation involves the use and integration of scientific methods, physical evidence, and deductive reasoning in order to determine and establish the series of events surrounding a crime. The quality of the immediate crime scene response and the manner in which the crime scene is examined are critical to the success of the investigation. Evidence that is missed or corrupted by incomplete or improper handling can have a devastating effect on a case and keep justice from being served.

The Practice of Crime Scene Investigation covers numerous aspects of crime scene investigation, including the latest in education and training, quality systems accreditation, quality assurance, and the application of specialist scientific disciplines to crime. The book discusses a range of basic and advanced techniques such as fingerprinting, dealing with trauma victims, photofit technology, the role of the pathologist and ballistic expert, and signal processing. It also reviews specialist crime scene examinations including clandestine laboratories, drug operations, arson, and explosives.


"The authors have included a rather unique review of associative evidence and the Locard exchange principle. … The contributors to this text are clearly well-qualified and the resultant stand-alone chapters allow the reader to pick and choose the topics of interest. … [A] readable text with relevant content for the forensic specialist."

- Journal: Canadian Society of Forensic Science

Table of Contents

Crime Scene Investigation, John Horswell

Associate Evidence - The Locard Exchange Principle, John Horswell and Craig Fowler

The Education and Training of Crime Scene Investigators: An Australian Perspective, Suzanne Stanley and John Horswell

Crime Scene Investigation and Third Party Quality Systems Accreditation: Australia's Experience, John Horswell

Management of Crime Scene Investigation, John Horswell

Application of Forensic Light Sources at the Crime Scene, Chris Lennard and Milutin Stoilovic

Crime Scene Photography, John Horswell

Specialized Photography and Imaging, Glenn Porter

Fingerprint Investigation, Dale Cregg

The Ballistics Expert at the Scene, Ian Prior

The Role of the Pathologist at the Crime Scene, Kevin A.P. Lee

Establishing Identity with Odontology, David Griffiths

Drug Operations, Karl Kent and Bruce Nelson

Clandestine Drug Laboratory Investigations, John White

Fire and Explosion Scene Examinations, John Kelleher and Peter Thatcher

The Scientific Requirements and Outcomes of a Sexual Assault Crime Scene Investigation, Carmen I. Eckhoff

Botanical and Soil Evidence at the Crime Scene, James Robertson

The Application of Entomology to Criminal Investigations, James Wallman

Physical Comparative Evidence, Ted Van Dijk and Paul Sheldon

Signal Processing Evidence, Graeme J. Kinraid

Crime Scene Investigation: Key Issues for the Future, James Robertson

About the Series

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Subject Categories

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