The Practice Of Crime Scene Investigation

John Horswell

April 13, 2004 by CRC Press
Reference - 456 Pages
ISBN 9780748406098 - CAT# TF2045
Series: International Forensic Science and 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.