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Investigative Interviewing: Psychology, Method and Practice

Investigative Interviewing: Psychology, Method and Practice

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Eugene F. Ferraro (CPP, SPHR)

July 14, 2014

There are few skills more important to the modern fact finder than the ability to obtain information through effective interviewing. While most interviewing books are intended for law enforcement, they often present harsh and accusatory techniques that can be counterproductive in private sector inve...

Advanced Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Operations: Tradecraft Methods, Practices, Tactics, and Techniques

Advanced Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Operations: Tradecraft Methods, Practices, Tactics, and Techniques

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Robert J Girod

June 26, 2014

Tradecraft is a term used within the intelligence community to describe the methods, practices, and techniques used in espionage and clandestine investigations. Whether the practitioner is a covert agent for the government or an identity thief and con man, the methods, practices, tactics, and techni...

A Hands-On Introduction to Forensic Science: Cracking the Case

A Hands-On Introduction to Forensic Science: Cracking the Case

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Mark Okuda, Frank H. Stephenson, PhD.

October 17, 2014

One failing of many forensic science textbooks is the isolation of chapters into compartmentalized units. This format prevents students from understanding the connection between material learned in previous chapters with that of the current chapter. Using a unique format, A Hands-On Introduction to ...

Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team

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Bradley Richard Graham

August 7, 2014

Child abuse cases are unique in that they involve seldomly witnessed acts. A nonverbal victim and a silent perpetrator will often lead to a stalling of the investigation and the judicial process. Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team is a practical guide for law enforce...

Crime Linkage: Theory, Research, and Practice

Crime Linkage: Theory, Research, and Practice

Jessica Woodhams, Craig Bennell

October 27, 2014

The increasing portrayal of forensic investigative techniques in the popular media—CSI, for example, has resulted in criminals becoming "forensically aware" and more careful about leaving behind physical evidence at a crime scene. This presents law enforcement with a significant problem: how can...

A Hands-On Introduction to Forensic Science: Cracking the Case

A Hands-On Introduction to Forensic Science: Cracking the Case

Mark Okuda, Frank H. Stephenson, PhD.

October 17, 2014

One failing of many forensic science textbooks is the isolation of chapters into compartmentalized units. This format prevents students from understanding the connection between material learned in previous chapters with that of the current chapter. Using a unique format, A Hands-On Introduction to...

Human Scent Evidence

Human Scent Evidence

Paola A. Prada, Allison M. Curran, Kenneth G. Furton

October 14, 2014

During the last decade, a significant number of scientific studies have supported the use of human scent as a biometric tool and indicator of the presence, or absence, of an individual at a crime scene. These findings even extend to conducting scent identification line-ups with suspects. Human...

Forensic Metrology: Scientific Measurement and Inference for Lawyers, Judges, and Criminalists

Forensic Metrology: Scientific Measurement and Inference for Lawyers, Judges, and Criminalists

Ted Vosk, Ashley F. Emery

September 26, 2014

Forensic metrology is the application of scientific measurement to the investigation and prosecution of crime. Forensic measurements are relied upon to determine breath and blood alcohol and drug concentrations, weigh seized drugs, perform accident reconstruction, and for many other applications....

Forensic Laboratory Management: Applying Business Principles

Forensic Laboratory Management: Applying Business Principles

W. Mark Dale, Wendy S. Becker

September 26, 2014

New technologies, including DNA and digital databases that can compare known and questioned exemplars, have transformed forensic science and greatly impacted the investigative process. They have also made the work more complicated. Obtaining proper resources to provide quality and timely forensic...

Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Bradley Richard Graham

August 07, 2014

Child abuse cases are unique in that they involve seldomly witnessed acts. A nonverbal victim and a silent perpetrator will often lead to a stalling of the investigation and the judicial process. Effective Child Abuse Investigation for the Multi-Disciplinary Team is a practical guide for law...

Environmental Forensics Fundamentals: A Practical Guide

Environmental Forensics Fundamentals: A Practical Guide

Ioana Gloria Petrisor

July 14, 2014

A Practical Guide to Environmental Crime Scene Investigations Releasing contaminants into the environment—whether deliberate or unintentional—can be thought of as a crime against the environment. The role of environmental forensics is to identify and prevent environmental pollution, or crimes....

Forensic Neuropathology, Third Edition

Forensic Neuropathology, Third Edition

Jan E. Leestma

June 23, 2014

The field of forensic neuropathology covers such controversial topics as the effects of repeated brain trauma in football players and how babies probably cannot die from being shaken. Jan Leestma is one of the most respected voices in this area. A timely update to his classic reference, Forensic...

Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide

Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide

Michael S. Maloney, Donald Housman, Ross M. Gardner

May 14, 2014

Those tasked with investigating crime scenes come from a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide gives the novice investigator the procedures for almost any crime scene imaginable while providing the seasoned pro a ready reference for...

Risk Management of Less Lethal Options: Evaluation, Deployment, Aftermath, and Forensics

Risk Management of Less Lethal Options: Evaluation, Deployment, Aftermath, and Forensics

R.T. Wyant, Thomas Burns

April 28, 2014

Force used to quell out-of-control demonstrations or detain unruly individuals can result in litigation and bad press for law enforcement agencies. Injury or loss of life can best be avoided if agencies have accurate knowledge and proper training in less lethal options. Risk Management of Less...

Forensic DNA Collection at Death Scenes: A Pictorial Guide

Forensic DNA Collection at Death Scenes: A Pictorial Guide

Rhonda Williams, PhD., F-ABC, Roger Kahn, PhD., F-ABC

March 27, 2014

DNA evidence collected from death scenes is an essential tool for law enforcement, death investigators, and forensic pathologists—providing insights into cause and manner of death as well as the identification of the responsible person or persons. Ineffective collection procedures raise the risk of...

Fraud Prevention and Detection: Warning Signs and the Red Flag System

Fraud Prevention and Detection: Warning Signs and the Red Flag System

Rodney T. Stamler, Hans J. Marschdorf, Mario Possamai

March 12, 2014

Lessons can be learned from major fraud cases. Whether the victim is a company, public agency, nonprofit, foundation, or charity, there is a high likelihood that many of these frauds could have been prevented or detected sooner if early Red Flag warning signs had been identified and acted upon....