Introduction to Criminal Investigation

Michael Birzer, Cliff Roberson

September 26, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 400 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439839348 - CAT# K11795


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  • Presents contributions from experts in their respective fields for a well-rounded view of the CI process
  • Uses a practical and accessible style to convey information
  • Provides the most updated information relevant to criminal investigations
  • Begins each chapter with objectives and an outline for focused study
  • Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter to test comprehension

Instructor’s manual available with qualifying course adoption


The manner in which criminal investigators are trained is neither uniform nor consistent, ranging from sophisticated training protocols in some departments to on-the-job experience alongside senior investigators in others. Ideal for students taking a first course in the subject as well as professionals in need of a refresher, Introduction to Criminal Investigation uses an accessible format to convey concepts in practical, concrete terms.

Topics discussed include

  • The history of criminal investigation in Western society
  • Qualifications for becoming an investigator, the selection process, and ideal training requirements
  • Crime scene search techniques, including planning and post-search debriefing
  • Preparing effective field notes and investigative reports
  • Interviewing and interrogating
  • Types of evidence found at the crime scene and how to collect, package, and preserve it
  • The contributions of forensic science to criminal investigations and the equipment used in crime labs
  • Investigative protocol for a range of crimes, including property crimes, auto theft, arson, financial crimes, homicide, assault, sex crimes, and robbery
  • Specialized investigations, including drug trafficking, cybercrime, and gang-related crime
  • Legal issues involved in criminal investigations and preparing a case for trial

Bringing together contributions from law enforcement personnel, academics, and attorneys, the book combines practical and theoretical elements to provide a comprehensive examination of today’s criminal investigative process. The accessible manner in which the information is conveyed makes this an ideal text for a wide-ranging audience.