Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation First International Edition

William J. Tilstone, Michael L. Hastrup, Camilla Hald

August 22, 2012 by Auerbach Publications
Textbook - 501 Pages - 264 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781439817049 - CAT# K10881


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  • Updates the previous edition and focuses on international practices and procedures
  • Explores the dimensions of knowledge required by crime scene investigators to perform their jobs professionally—from basic principles to practical applications
  • Discusses all forms of evidence and all types of crime scenes
  • Includes hundreds of diagrams and color photographs of actual crime scenes
  • Contains boxed sections emphasizing salient points
  • Offers ancillary material, including PowerPoint® slides and a test bank to qualifying instructors




    Barry Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation has long been considered the "bible" of the crime-solving profession, drawing from the author’s 40-year career in forensic science, including his time spent as the crime laboratory director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Now for the first time, commissioned authors working out of the United Kingdom and Denmark present Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation First International Edition—the latest edition of a classic volume, now oriented specifically to an international audience.

    Maintaining the same format as the U.S. editions, the book focuses on international procedures, laws, and cases. The book’s three-part structure highlights the importance of approaching the topic from three consecutive perspectives. The first is that crime scene investigation is a subdiscipline of forensic science, and thus the first section, entirely new to this edition, explores the forensic process and the basic principles and practices of crime scene investigation.

    The second perspective is that crime scene investigation is about identifying and recovering different forms of evidence, each with its own methods for identification, recovery, and analysis. To that end, the book discusses trace and impression evidence, establishing personal identity, forensic biology, and evidence associated with firearms, arson, and explosions.

    Lastly, crime scene investigation is ultimately about describing the location, modus operandi, time frame and sequence of events, identity of persons involved, and motive for different types of crime. Highlighting this focus, the final section presents chapters on the investigation of various crime scenarios, including those involving illicit drugs, sexual assault, burglary, motor vehicles, and homicide. The book closes with new appendices exploring the cutting-edge world of digital evidence.

    Enhanced with hundreds of diagrams and color photos of actual crime scenes, this volume combines time-tested procedures with an international scope to provide an essential resource for investigators in Europe, Australasia, and Canada charged with solving crimes and bringing offenders to justice.

    William Tilstone talks about the book on the CRC Press YouTube Channel.


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