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Crime Scene Investigation: Methods and Procedures By Ian Pepper

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The second edition of this book guides aspiring and newly appointed CSIs through the methods and procedures for the accurate recording and recovery of evidence from the scene of a crime.
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Crime Scene Investigation: Methods and Procedures Summary

Crime Scene Investigation: Methods and Procedures by Ian Pepper

"Pepper strikes a number of goals in one text simultaneously. It is a fine tool to assist CSI practitioners with their day-to-day duties; it is also a guide for career development and, in the comprehensive table of relevant statutes, Pepper provides commonly used abbreviations and academic references, all of which establish the book as a solid launch pad for further reading."
Timothy G. ShilstonChief Superintendent, Northumbria Police, UK

Forensic evidence is dynamic in its context and continues to be highly significant in the detection and prosecution of crime. This means that the knowledge, skill and ability of the person who examines the scene of the crime - the Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) - must be thorough and up to date.

The second edition of this book guides trainee and newly appointed CSIs through the methods and procedures for the accurate recording and recovery of evidence from the scene of a crime. This step-by-step handbook has been thoroughly updated and includes features such as:

  • Photographs of the recording, recovery and comparison of evidence
  • Detailed drawings of evidence, organizational structures and procedures
  • Checklists of roles, equipment and activities required at a crime scene
  • Self-assessment questions
There is also information on best practice and professional development that is invaluable to any new or aspiring CSI.

Crime Scene Investigation is essential reading for all students - undergraduate or FE - with an interest in forensic law enforcement, particularly those wishing to become Crime Scene Investigators. It is also a handy reference for trainee and professional forensic practitioners.

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About Ian Pepper

Ian K. Pepper is the Principal Lecturer in Policing at the University of Teesside, UK. Ian manages and teaches on a range of specialist learning and development programmes in partnership with a number of law enforcement and Criminal Justice organisations. He is a former Senior Lecturer in Crime Scene and Forensic Science, police crime scene investigator (CSI) and fingerprint officer. Ian has been an instructor and team leader at the National Training Centre for Scientific Support to Crime Investigation and has designed and delivered training to Crime Scene Investigators and Police Officers in the Far East, Middle East, Africa and across the UK. Ian has also presented papers at conferences in the UK, USA and Canada. He is a member of the International Association for Identification and the Fingerprint Society.

Table of Contents

AbbreviationsList of tables and figures Introduction

The history and contemporary structure of the police, scientific services and crime scene investigation in the United Kingdom
Approaching the crime scene, packaging the evidence and the documentation required
The basics of crime scene photography
Trace evidence: Fibres, glass, hairs, paint and soil
Impressions: Footwear marks, instrument marks, glove marks and tyres
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and body fluids
The investigation of a fire scene
Terrorism, mass murder and disaster (major incidents)
The leadership and management of the forensic examination of a major crime scene
Other sources of evidence for the crime scene investigator
Health and safety at a crime scene
The Criminal Law Courts across the United Kingdom
Organizations related to crime scene investigation

Answers to questions

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Crime Scene Investigation: Methods and Procedures by Ian Pepper
Ian Pepper
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