The way a crime is defined is through criminal investigation. Criminal investigation is a multi-faceted effort that involves the study of facts presented by a criminal act or pattern of criminal conduct. These facts are then used to identify, locate and prove the guilt or innocence of a person or persons. Criminal investigation is usually carried out by a law enforcement agency using all of the resources available to discover, locate or establish evidence proving and verifying the relevant facts for presentation to a Court or other judicial authority.
But how are these facts discovered? What resources do law enforcement use to uncover them? What is the process for a successful criminal investigation? In fact, how can we even define what is "criminal" in the first place? Daniel A. Reilly answers all these important questions, while providing the step by step process to gather facts, information, data, and evidence.
Finding the Truth with Criminal Investigation is intended to answer all of the questions of who, what, where, when, why and how a violent crime occurred and/or was committed. It is intended for students in the field of criminal justice who wish to become criminal investigators - exposing them to the tools and processes needed to conduct a proper criminal investigation, but also real-life of working to support others as a team. Reilly spent a great deal of his professional life working on homicide cases, and he offers students his expertise in criminal investigation by successfully incorporating real-world context throughout this book.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 253 x 179 x 16 mm
Dan Reilly has created a comprehensive and informative book with Finding the Truth with Criminal Investigations. Reilly has taken the time to not only detail the important steps and pitfalls in law enforcement criminal investigations but, to weave his work and life experience into cautionary lessons and instruction a layperson can understand. As a retired law enforcement professional and instructor in criminal investigations, I found a plethora of text books on this subject but, not one that presents the material with the tradecraft so clearly explained and detailed. In my opinion, Reilly's book is a well-organized compilation of facts and experience, honed from years of professional public service to citizens from all walks of life - most especially the victims and their friends and families. Law enforcement professionals take pride in establishing integrity and a sense of duty to their work but the most significant and singular thread is their desire to serve the victims. Finding the Truth with Criminal Investigations: Suspect, Subject, Defendant follows that tradition as well. -- Steven D. Remick, Retired 1st Lieutenant, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, VA
Reilly has fashioned an ambitious text that follows the development, progression, and closure of criminal investigations through the experienced lens of a seasoned specialist in the field. -- Lindsay Nelson, MS, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University, Bakersfield
As a homicide detective for 18 years, and an adjunct college instructor for 15, I really appreciate this text. I believe the goal of every investigation is only to prove the truth, and I really appreciate the title of this text as well as the content! Finding the Truth with Criminal Investigation is practical, real, and understandable without any trendy filler. -- Ivan M. Kaminsky, Adjunct Professor, Administration of Justice, Mesa Community College