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An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access

Author(s): Aric W. Dutelle, MFS, Washington State University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284108149
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access     646 pages      © 2017
Price: $105.95 US List
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"Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is very well constructed for an introductory class and covers practical forensic topics not seen in other publications.”
-Wayne Wallace, PhD, University of Cincinnati

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In a world heavily influenced by popular forensic television dramas, the real-life duties and complexities involved in crime scene investigation are often misrepresented and misunderstood. An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is a comprehensive and accurate overview of the practical application of forensic science in crime scene investigation. Focusing on the day-to-day aspects, this full-color text describes the methodologies and technologies employed by crime scene personnel, and pushes the reader to identify the interrelated components of the investigative process.

Recognizing the importance of those who have contributed to and advanced the field of forensic science, the reader is introduced to crime scene investigation through a historical perspective. The updated Third Edition covers components not typically found in many crime scene texts, including ethical considerations and public misconceptions of the investigative process—the so-called “CSI Effect.” Extensive discussion of physical evidence examination and analysis is provided, including the forensic potential of physical evidence, crime scene procedures, and what evidence should be documented, collected, and preserved. Real-life examples and over 250 detailed, full-color photos and figures enhance comprehension and demonstrate specific strategies for technique application

While the vast majority of the text is written with an American audience in mind, the author has chosen to call upon his significant international experience and include cases, information, and photographs/figures which are external to the United States.

Examples of these include:

  • Photographs from Honduras, France, Haiti and Uganda.
  • Ripped from the headlines involve cases which occur in or discuss: Canada, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Yemen and Spain
  • Historical development of CSI incorporates India, Japan, Great Britain, France, Canada, Argentina and China
  • Sources of reference originate from: Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany and Australia

While the specific laws discussed refer to American courts and decisions, the science and methodologies are ones which are recognized as best-practices around the globe, as pertains to the scientific investigation of crime scenes.

An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is an invaluable reference and essential educational resource.

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Features & Benefits

  • Updated case studies throughout provide readers with a contemporary look into actual crimes and investigations
  • Includes updated Learning Objectives, Review Questions, and a new Questions for Discussion section to ensure student comprehension and engagement
  • Features updated Ripped from the Headlines boxes to encourage readers to apply the key concepts to contemporary, real world events
  • New interviews in View from an Expert feature box provide students with real-life stories from crime scene and forensic personnel, offering a realistic sense of working in this dynamic field
  • Content complies with International Association for Identification (IAI) certification requirements and with the recently released federal guidance, “Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement” (also included as an appendix within the text)
  • Content incorporates recent NIST OSAC updates and suggestions (also included as an appendix within the text)

Applicable Courses

The updated Third Edition is ideal for undergraduate courses titled:

  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Introduction to Police Crime Scene Procedures
  • Evidence Collection and Packaging
  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation
Part  1  CSI
Chapter  1  An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter  2  The "CSI Effect"
Chapter  3  Ethics in Crime Scene Investigation
Chapter  4  The Duties of First Responders to the Crime Scene
Chapter  5  Specialized Personnel and Safety Considerations
Chapter  6  Methodological Approach to Processing the Crime Scene
Chapter  7  The Forensic Laboratory
Part  2  Physical Evidence
Chapter  8  Fingerprint Evidence
Chapter  9  Trace Evidence
Chapter  10  Blood and Biological Evidence
Chapter  11  Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Chapter  12  Impression Evidence
Chapter  13  Firearms and Ballistic Evidence
Chapter  14  Drug Evidence
Chapter  15  Digital Evidence
Part  3  Specialized Investigations
Chapter  16  Death Investigation
Chapter  17  Arson and Explosive Investigation
Chapter  18  Special Scene Considerations
Appendix  A  Professional Organizations Pertaining to Crime Scene Investigation
Appendix  B  Processing the Scene of Mass Fatality Incidents
Appendix  C  Crime Scene Equipment
Appendix  D  Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement (National Forensic Science Technology Center, under funding from the United States Department of Justice. September 2013)
Appendix  E  NIST OSAC

Aric W. Dutelle, MFS-Washington State University

Aric Dutelle has been involved in law enforcement for over 17 years. During this time, he has held positions as a police officer, deputy sheriff, crime scene technician, and reserve medico-legal investigator. He has a Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS) degree, with a specialty in impression evidence and is the author of over 20 articles, as well as author and co-author of seven texts, to include An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (now in its 3rd edition), Criminal Investigation 5e, Basic Crime Scene Photography (now in its 2nd edition), and Ethics for the Public Service Professional (now in its 2nd edition). He was previously a tenured professor with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, having been responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Forensic Investigation program, within the Department of Criminal Justice.

In addition to his University obligations, the author served for 7 years as a forensic instructor for the United States Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), specializing in and providing training in crime scene processing methodologies and techniques around the globe. The author currently lectures at Washington State University. He continues to be actively involved in forensic and crime scene training and education, in addition to consulting and assisting law enforcement agencies with criminal investigations.

  • "Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Third Edition is very well constructed for an introductory class and covers practical forensic topics not seen in other publications.”

    -Wayne Wallace, PhD, University of Cincinnati

  • "An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, by Aric W. Dutelle is a rare gem in today’s crowded textbook market.  While other texts focus on the tools available to crime scene investigators, Dutelle goes a step beyond – by explaining the overall investigative process. Along with careful instructions on how to conduct a successful investigation, he warns of the pitfalls that can interfere with an accurate reconstruction of the criminal event.

    Well written, and with a clear presentation of contemporary material, An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation offers a practical, field-based approach to modern investigative principles and practices. It’s unique focus includes both an important discussion of ethical issues, and a description of the often unrealistic public expectations for forensic analysis (referred to in the text as “The CSI Effect”)

    The liberal use of informative photographs drawn from actual cases, combined with carefully crafted illustrations vital to understanding crime scenes, make this a text that you’ll want to adopt.

    An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation is priced right for today’s market, and the instructional package is rich in resources.

    If you’re teaching a class on crime scene investigation, criminalistics, criminal investigation, or a related topic, then this is the book for you!"

    -Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus
    The University of North Carolina

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