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Criminal Investigation, Fourth Edition

Author(s): Ronald F. Becker, JD, Chaminade University
Aric W. Dutelle, MFS, Washington State University
  • ISBN-13: 9781449650544
  • Product With Access Code    576 pages      © 2013
Price: $174.95 US List
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Designed for Criminal Investigation courses, this thoroughly revised and updated Fourth Edition integrates criminal investigation with forensic science and legal foundations. It provides an in-depth look at the investigative process as well as the ethical considerations that apply. Discussions on investigative procedures, detailed figures, and real-life examples enhance the reader’s understanding and demonstrate how to effectively apply the techniques and tools presented. This ideal resource covers all aspects of criminal investigation pertaining to all types of crimes, not simply homicide. It contains chapters on assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, theft, burglary, arson, terrorism, cybercrime, and more. The integrated and accessible approach of the Fourth Edition will provide the reader with a solid foundation in criminal investigation techniques and procedures, as well as the applicable forensic and constitutional considerations.

Every new printed copy is packaged with full student access to the companion website featuring a variety of interactive study tools. (eBook version does not include access to the student companion website. Standalone access can be purchased here

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Features & Benefits

  • Chapters have been reorganized, and some combined, to include new up-to-date and relevant material.
  • Readers will learn how investigations are connected to a team that is much larger than those charged with the investigation of the crime, which includes first responders, forensic personnel, and prosecutors.
  • Every new printed copy is packaged with full student access to the student companion website featuring a variety of interactive study tools.
  • Instructor resources include Answers to the end of chapter questions,  Lecture Outlines, Test Bank, and PowerPoint Lecture Outlines.

Applicable Courses

Criminal Investigation, Fourth Edition is designed for undergraduate criminal investigation courses within the criminal justice and justice administration departments.

Chapter  1  Introduction to Criminal Investigation
Chapter  2  The Crime Scene
Chapter  3  The Law of Search and Seizure
Chapter  4  Blood Evidence
Chapter  5  Suspect Identification
Chapter  6  Managing Criminal Investigations and Cultivating Sources of Information
Chapter  7  Interrogation
Chapter  8  Firearms Investigation
Chapter  9  Death Investigation
Chapter  10  Assault
Chapter  11  Robbery
Chapter  12  Theft and Burglary
Chapter  13  Drug Offenses
Chapter  14  Arson and explosives investigation
Chapter  15  Terrorism and Organized Crime
Chapter  16  Computer and White Collar Crime Investigation
Chapter  17  Defense Lawyers, Prosecutors, and Investigators
Chapter  18  Expert Testimony

Ronald F. Becker, JD-Chaminade University

Professor Becker completed his studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science at Sam Houston State University in 1969. He went on to finish his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1972. A short hiatus from higher education found him with the Mineral County, Montana, Sheriff’s Office, culminating his work as a criminal investigator there and then leaving for St. Mary’s Law School in 1981.

Upon completion of his law studies and passing the Texas Bar Examination in 1983, Professor Becker became a partner in the general litigation firm of Gish, Radtke and Becker in Boerne, Texas. The firm became a successful personal injury litigation practice. During that time Professor Becker served as the Boerne Municipal Court Judge, County Judge, and Juvenile Court Judge.

In 1991 Professor Becker began a teaching career at Texas State University in the Criminal Justice Department. In 1994 he created a facility for training public safety divers in underwater investigation based on a forensic protocol. He has published four books and five editions of this Criminal Investigation text. During his tenure he has published numerous articles and textbook chapters.

Professor Becker currently is currently a full professor at Chaminade University, serving as chair for the Criminal Justice and Criminology Program. Professor Becker is a member of the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Consortium and an advisory board member for the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial.

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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.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449650544

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