Criminal Investigation (2e) : 9780133587944

Criminal Investigation (2e)

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Criminal Investigation provides a thought-provoking look at criminal investigations that uses clear writing and eye-catching visuals to get your students straight to the important concepts. By focusing on these core concepts, students will gain true understanding of the material, without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information. Lyman presents information that parallels the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation, blending scientific theories of crime detection with a practical approach to criminal investigation. The book's pedagogy encourages active participation in learning, moving students beyond memorisation by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field.

Table of contents
  • Part 1.  Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation
  • 1.         Foundations of Criminal Investigation
  • 2.         The Crime Scene: Field Notes, Documenting, and Reporting
  • 3.         Processing the Crime Scene
  • Part 2.  Follow-Up Investigative Processes
  • 4.         Identifying Criminal suspects field and Laboratory Processes
  • 5.         Legal Issues in Criminal Investigation
  • Part 3.  Obtaining Information
  • 6.         Interviews and Interrogations
  • 7.         Criminal Intelligence and Surveillance Operations
  • 8.         Informant Management and Undercover Operations
  • Part 4.  Crimes against Persons
  • 9.         Death Investigations
  • 10.        Robbery
  • 11.        Assault and Related Offenses
  • 12.        Missing and Abducted Persons
  • 13.        Crimes against Children: Child Abuse and Child Fatalities
  • Part 5.  Crimes against Property
  • 14.        Theft-Related Offenses
  • 15.        Arson and Bombings
  • Part 6.  Terrorism
  • 16.        Terrorism and National Security Crimes
New to this edition
  • Updated case studies appear throughout.
  • New Think About It sections included in each chapter provide additional food for thought.
  • An enhanced graphical interface gives students an additional venue for learning.
  • Refreshed photos and informational boxes are included throughout the book.
  • Revised Learning Outcomes are included at the end of each chapter.
  • All statistics are updated throughout.
  • More detail is included on crime scene searches and evidence.
Features & benefits

Criminal Investigation provides a brief visual introduction to the field.

  • Teach with confidence using a text from the highly regarded Pearson Justice Series
    • The Justice Series features best-selling authors and instructional designers focused on the goal of improving student performance across the CJ curriculum by providing brief and visually engaging texts.
  • Cover the entire book in a standard semester—and enable students to read without being pressured to cover numerous chapters in a short period of time
    • This book is designed to make it easier for instructors to align their coverage of the text’s material with the class schedule and academic term.
  • Inform without overwhelming
    • Concise and accessible, yet thorough and practical, this text is designed with student learning in mind. Effective pedagogy, engaging writing, logical organisation, and strong visual presentation all combine to ensure student comprehension of the issues and topics of criminal investigation.
  • Provide a straightforward look at the whole story of criminal investigation through the book’s underlying assumptions:
    • That sound criminal investigations depend on an understanding of the science of crime-decision procedures and the art of anticipating human behavior.
    • That both the uniformed officer and the criminal investigator play important roles in the field of criminal investigation. The duties of both are integrated throughout the book.
    • That criminal investigation is a law enforcement responsibility that must be conducted within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the practices of a democratic society. Consequently, court decisions and case studies are quoted extensively to help clarify the issues.
  • Show the principles in action, motivate with students with engaging writing, and reinforce learning
    • The clear, easy-to-read, writing style is designed to tell a story about the criminal justice system. Students will be interested in the content, motivated to explore the topic further, and apply course content to everyday events.
    • Encourage students to go beyond memorisation. Critical-thinking boxes explore applications, conflicts, and ethical issues involving the most current media news.
    • Help students retain the major ideas of the chapter. Each chapter has clearly-identified Learning Outcomes thatare directly tied to course content and are summarised at the end of each chapter. Students can easily locate explanations or find review material for a particular topic. Instructors can link the course learning outcomes to department and university learning outcomes.
    • True-to-life cases begin and end each chapter, give students relatable situations, and illustrate the concepts.
    • NEW! Updated case studies appear throughout.
    • Boxed features help students consider how chapter material applies to the real world of criminal investigation.
    • NEW! New Think About It sections included in each chapter provide additional food for thought.
    • An outstanding visual presentation of the concepts is a hallmark of this text.
    • NEW! An enhanced graphical interface gives students an additional venue for learning.
    • NEW! Refreshed photos and informational boxes are included throughout the book.
    • NEW! Revised Learning Outcomes are included at the end of each chapter.
  • Appeal to visual learners
    • Engaging infographics, flow charts, pull-out statistics, and other visual elements flow with the text, provide context, and promote student engagement, recall, and understanding.
  • Provide the most current coverage possible on classic topics and critical new issues
    • A dedicated chapter covers terrorism and the investigation of such crimes.
    • Coverage is included on the latest investigative methods for dealing with eyewitness testimony, missing and abducted persons, computer/Internet crime, and other “hot-button” issues in criminal investigation.
    • NEW! All statistics are updated throughout.
    • NEW! More detail is included on crime scene searches and evidence.
Author biography

Michael D. Lyman is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Columbia College, located in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the program coordinator for the Master of Science of Criminal Justice Program and the founder of the college’s Forensic Science Program. Before entering the field of college teaching, he was employed as a certified police trainer and also served as a sworn criminal investigator for state police organizations in Kansas and Oklahoma. He has taught literally thousands of law enforcement officers in the proper police techniques and methods of professional criminal investigation. Dr. Lyman has authored numerous textbooks in criminal justice dealing with the areas of criminal investigation, policing, organized crime, drug enforcement, and drug trafficking. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He has been called upon on an estimated 275 occasions by the law enforcement and legal communities to review criminal investigations and render the results of his evaluations and his opinions in federal court proceedings nationwide.