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Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism, Second Edition

Author(s): James E. Girard, PhD, American University
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763777319
  • Hardcover    520 pages      © 2011
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Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism, Second Edition introduces readers with no background in biology or chemistry, to the study of forensic science, crime analysis and application. Principle topics such as fingerprint identification, DNA, paint and glass analysis, drug toxicology, and forensic soil characterization are thoroughly explained in a reader-friendly manner. Unlike other texts available on this topic, this Second Edition is updated to include comprehensive coverage on important homeland security issues including explosives, weapons of mass destruction, and cybercrime.

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Features & Benefits

  • New case studies and updated sections on analysis of fingerprints and questioned documents offer recent developments and findings in this critical field.
  • Two new chapters on Chemistry and Biology equip readers with the foundation and tools necessary to understand more advanced topics.
  • Extensive updating of Chapter 11 “Drug Use and Abuse,” provides the latest methods of drug testing and analysis by federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Applicable Courses

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Introduction to Criminalistics

Designed for undergraduate students without a science background. This text is also suitable for law enforcement training environments.

Section  1  Introduction to Criminalistics
  Chapter  1  Investigating the Crime Scene
  Chapter  2  Investigating and Processing Physical Evidence
Section  2  Trace Evidence
  Chapter  3  Physical Properties: Forensic Characterization of Soil
  Chapter  4  The Microscope and Forensic Identification of Hair, Fibers and Paint
  Chapter  5  Forensic Analysis of Glass
Section  3  Pattern Evidence
  Chapter  6  Fingerprints
  Chapter  7  Questioned Documents
  Chapter  8  Firearms
Section  4  Chemical Evidence
  Chapter  9  Inorganic Analysis: Forensic Determination of Metals and Gunshot Residue
  Chapter  10  Arson
  Chapter  11  Drugs of Abuse
Section  5  Biological Evidence
  Chapter  12  Forensic Toxicology
  Chapter  13  Biological Fluids: Blood, Semen, Saliva, and an Introduction to DNA
  Chapter  14  Forensic DNA Typing
  Chapter  15  Computer Forensics, Cyber crime and Cyberterrorism
Section  6  Terrorism
  Chapter  16  Explosives
  Chapter  17  Detecting Weapons of Mass Destruction

James E. Girard, PhD-American University

Dr. James Girard is Professor and Chairman of the Chemistry Department at American University. He teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors.  

Since he has been at the American University, he has received more than 25 grants totaling more than 3 million dollars and has published over 60 research articles. Professor Girard is a specialist in analytical chemistry. His research focuses on the methods and techniques used to separate and identify complex mixtures. He has also developed methods for the analysis of environmental pollutants in soil and water, the amount of neurotransmitter present in human serum, the concentration of disinfectants in hospital disinfectants, the composition of polymers and the separation and identification of genetic material from DNA.  At American University he has supervised over 25 Masters Theses and 30 PhD dissertations.

Professor Girard is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. He was the 1995 recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching of Science at the College Level from the Washington Academy of Sciences. In addition, Professor Girard has served as an expert witness in court cases involving environmental, patent infringement and personal injury.

 

 

 

  • The author has very succinctly put together crime scene investigation. There is no fluff here. The chapter looks at the fundamental steps to crime scene investigation. I would like to see a little more detail if wanting to put together an entire course. However, for a survey of forensic science course, this abbreviated chapter is appropriate. It was wise of the author to have omitted any crime scene reconstruction activities or to discuss the multitudes of visualization and enhancement methodologies and technologies. These topics are more often found in traditional crime scene investigation textbooks.
    On a whole, this text is very well suited for a criminal justice curriculum that offers courses relating to the analysis or application of forensic science to the testing of physical evidence. The text provides a sufficient amount of science for the criminal justice reader be able to apply the science to analyze the evidence correctly. The text is not appropriate for a science-based forensic science curriculum.

    -Marilyn T. Miller, EdD
    Associate professor in the Department of Forensic Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    Prior to teaching, Dr. Miller was a forensic scientist going to crime scenes and analyzing the evidence in forensic laboratories in PA, FL and NC. She has testified hundreds of times in federal and state courts in over a dozen states.
    Reviewed in the Ivestigative Sciences Journal, Volume 3, Number 1, March 2011

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Chapter 3: Ethics in Crime Scene Investigation
Appendices (30 pages)

  • Historical Timeline
  • Forensic Databases
  • Equipment
  • Kits
  • Mass Fatality
  • Organizations
  • Drugs
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