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Techniques of crime scene investigation

Author: Barry A J Fisher
Publisher: Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press, 2004. ©2004
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Seventh editioinView all editions and formats
Overview: In this edition of Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation examines concepts, field-tested techniques and procedures, and technical information concerning crime scene investigation. It has been widely adopted by police academies, community colleges, and universities and is recommended for preparation for certification exams. Written in an easy-to-read style, this comprehensive text offers up-to-date  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fisher, Barry A.J.
Techniques of crime scene investigation.
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, ©2004
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry A J Fisher
ISBN: 084931691X 9780849316913 9781420058192 1420058193
OCLC Number: 52520675
Notes: University of KwaZulu-Natal Library notes:
2 4
Description: xxxii, 507 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Author --
Prologue --
Introduction: --
Identification and individualization of physical evidence --
Collection and preservation of physical evidence --
Important considerations in crime scene investigations --
Guidelines for forensic laboratory management practices --
Expert witness tips: --
Before going to court --
Giving expert testimony --
Cross examination --
Other points --
Teamwork --
Professional development --
First Officer At The Crime Scene: --
First officer at the scene --
Recording the time --
Entering the scene proper --
Protecting the integrity of the scene --
Injured person on the scene --
Dead person on the scene --
Summoning the Coroner --
Firearms and ammunition on the scene --
When a suspect is found at the scene --
What to do until investigating personnel arrive --
Continued protection of the scene --
Crime Scene Investigator: --
Actual examination of the scene --
Specialized Personnel At The Crime Scene: --
Health and safety issues at crime scenes: --
Chemical or biological terrorist crime scenes --
Indicators of a possible biological terrorist threat --
Indicators of a possible chemical terrorist threat --
Health and safety considerations for crime scene personnel --
Conclusion --
Processing The Crime Scene: --
Plan of action --
Note taking --
Crime scene search --
Crime scene photography: --
Types of cameras --
Admissibility of photographs --
Videotape --
Sketching the crime scene --
Information included in crime scene: --
sketches --
Equipment --
Types of sketches --
Locating objects in the sketch --
Computer programs --
Admissibility of sketches --
Collection of evidence --
Establishing Identity: --
Fingerprints and palm prints: --
How do fingerprints occur? --
Where to look for fingerprints: --
Different types of fingerprints --
Fingerprints developing techniques --
Development with powders --
Lasers and alternative light sources --
Image processing --
Automated fingerprint identification systems --
Preservation of fingerprints --
How long does a fingerprint remain on an object? --
Effect of temperature conditions on the possibility of developing fingerprint --
Examination of developed fingerprints --
Palm prints --
Packing objects on which prints are found --
Taking fingerprints for elimination --
Prints of other coverings --
Handwriting examination --
Identification of human remains: --
Taking fingerprints --
Photographing --
Marks of trades or occupations --
Making a description --
Decreased's clothing --
Laundry marks --
Watchmaker's marks --
Jewelry --
Eyeglasses --
Teeth --
Facial reconstruction --
Determination of gender --
Determination of age --
Length of body --
Hair color --
Blood type --
Identification in mass disasters --
Trace Evidence And Miscellaneous Material: --
Sources of trace evidence: --
Clothing --
Footwear --
Evidence from the body --
Trace metal detection --
Other objects as sources of trace evidence --
Collection and preservation of trace evidence --
Examples of trace evidence: --
Building materials --
Asbestos --
Safe insulation --
Paint --
Rust --
Metals --
Textiles and fibers --
Buttons --
Cordage and rope --
Cigarettes and tobacco --
Matches --
Burned paper --
Ash --
Soil --
Wood --
Plant material --
Glass --
Objects left at the crime scene --
Paper --
Articles of clothing --
Products markings --
Foodstuffs --
Cosmetics --
Hair --
Feathers --
Electrical wire --
Broken tools --
Tape --
Headlamps --
Computer seizure --
Collecting videotape evidence: --
Determine if there is a videotape --
Stop the recorder --
Confiscate the tapes immediately, taking the usual chain-of-evidence steps --
Document the video system's physical relationship to the crime scene --
Seek technical assistance if problems occur --
Other trace evidence --
Blood And Other Biological Evidence: --
Word of caution! --
Universal Precautions --
Bloodstain pattern recognition --
Presumptive tests for blood --
Searching for bloodstains --
Description and recording of bloodstains --
Collection and preservation of bloodstains --
Removal of bloodstains --
Bloodstained objects --
Blood typing --
Collection of known specimens --
Forensic DNA typing --
RFLP-based technology --
PCR-based technology --
Mitochondrial DNA --
Forensic DNA and unsolved cases --
Future. Impression Evidence: --
Footprints: --
Value of footprints --
Preservation of footwear and tire impressions --
Footprints on floors --
Preservations of footwear evidence --
Photographing footwear impressions --
Casting with dental stone --
Casting water-filled impressions --
Casting impressions in snow --
Preservation of footprints (dust prints) --
Taking comparison footprints from a suspect --
Comparison of footprints --
Marks on clothes and parts of the body: --
Fabric marks --
Tooth marks --
Preservations of bite marks --
Casting material for bite mark evidence: --
Human skin --
Foods --
Tool marks: --
Preservation of tool marks --
Casting tool marks --
Trace evidence on tools --
Preserving a tool --
Fragments of tools --
Typed documents --
Firearms Examination: --
Characteristics of firearms --
Ammunition --
Firearms evidence --
Gunshot residue analysis --
Collecting firearms evidence --
Handling of firearms --
Cartridge cases --
Bullets: --
Marking bullets --
Small shot --
Test firing --
Powder pattern examination --
National integrated ballistic information network (NIBIN) --
Arson And Explosives: --
Physical evidence --
Explosives: --
Low explosives --
High explosives --
Blasting agents --
Military explosives --
Homemade explosives --
Bomb scene investigation --
Illicit Drugs And Toxicology: --
Psychoactive drugs: --
Central nervous system depressants --
Central nervous system stimulants --
Hallucinogens --
Crime scene search: --
Searching a suspect --
Searching a dwelling --
Searching a vehicle --
Clandestine Drug Laboratories --
Collection and preservation of evidence --
Toxicology --
US DEA drug schedule classification --
Schedule I --
Schedule II --
Schedule III --
Schedule IV --
Schedule V --
Investigating Sexual Assault And Domestic Abuse Crimes: --
Rape: --
Preliminary interview --
Medical examination --
Collection of physical evidence --
Date-rape drugs --
Other sexual and abusive assaults: --
Sexual child molestation and incest --
Homosexual assault --
Elder abuse --
Conclusion --
Burglary Investigation: --
Points of entry: --
Entry through windows --
Entry through doors --
Entry through basement windows and skylights --
Entry through roofs --
Entry through walls --
Entry through floors --
Simulated burglaries: --
Detailed examination of the scene --
Safe burglaries --
Safe burglaries using explosives --
Motor Vehicle Investigation: --
Vehicle theft --
Abandoned vehicles --
Homicide in a vehicle --
Hit-and-run investigation --
Marks from vehicles: --
Wheel marks --
Skid marks --
Homicide Investigation: --
Murder, suicide, or accident? --
Cause of death --
Suicide --
Signs of struggle --
Location of weapon --
Examination of a dead body at the crime scene --
Murder --
Detailed examination of the scene of crime --
Outdoor crime scenes --
Discovering a body hidden at another location --
Investigation of a greatly altered body or skeleton --
Scene of discovery: --
Outdoors --
Indoors --
Packing and transporting --
Determining the number of individuals --
Examining remains of clothing and other objects: --
Clothing --
Boots and shoes --
Other objects --
Estimating the time of death: --
Postmortem signs of death --
Decomposition of the body: --
Action of insects and other animals on a dead body --
Other indications of time of death --
Autopsy: --
Injuries from external mechanical violence --
Injuries from sharp external violence --
Marks or damage on clothing --
Defense injuries --
Firearm injuries --
Bullet injuries --
Close and distant shots --
Damage to clothes from shooting --
Modes of death from shooting --
Explosion injuries --
Death by suffocation --
Death from electric currents --
Violent death in fires --
Death by freezing --
Death by poisoning --
Rape-homicide and sexual assault-related murders --
Infanticide and child abuse --
Trunk murder, dismemberment of body --
Serials murders --
Appendix A: Equipment for crime scene investigations --
Appendix B: Forensic science-related Websites --
Appendix C: Terrorism and domestic preparedness Websites --
Other Titles: Crime scene investigation
Responsibility: Barry A.J. Fisher ; with a foreword by Leroy D. Baca.
Local System Bib Number:
(Sirsi) a951081
(Sirsi) i9780849316913
(Sirsi) 559031
(Sirsi) 951081


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