The Practice Of Crime Scene Investigation

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  • Covers a wide range of forensic subjects from basic and advanced techniques to specialist crime scene examinations
  • Presents the latest information on education and training, quality systems accreditation, and quality assurance
  • Describes Australia's forensic methods and criminal investigation proceduresAbout the AuthorJohn Horswell has been involved in Forensic Science for 28 years. He began his career as a forensic practitioner with the Northern Territory Police, where he conducted mainly field work and some laboratory work for 14 years. He spent the remainder of his career in various senior roles with the Australian Federal Police Forensic Services, including positions as the Coordinator Special Projects and the Director of Crime Scenes with Forensic Services. Currently, he is consulting at his own business, Forensic Executives, in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Summary

    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.

    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

    Editorial Reviews

    "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