New Crime Scene Investigation Text Book for BTEC Level 3

A wide-ranging and authentic textbook on forensic science from Sci-High is now available for school, college and introductory degree-level forensic science studies. Presented mainly in tabular and key information formats for ready accessibility, it has direct relevance to Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, and Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice units in UK Level 3 BTEC courses and to the content of many other programmes. It will also be of interest to general readers. Based around a crime scenario, professional scene procedure is considered in much detail including crime scene personnel, equipment, risk assessment, health and safety, protocols, recovery techniques, contamination avoidance, note-taking, record keeping, photography, videography, packaging, storage and transport of evidence, and the chain of continuity. A wide range of modern laboratory-based evidence analysis is covered comprehensively at introductory level including fingerprints, blood patterns, DNA, footwear marks, digital media, fibres, hairs, drugs, toxicology, documents, firearms, entomology and the use of instrumentation. Examples of laboratory case-notes are provided. The professional responsibilities of forensic scientists are described along with principles of evidence interpretation, the use of databases and court case file preparation. An example of a forensic written statement is included. Author Simon Shawcross is one of the UK’s leading educators in forensic science. Simon has more than twenty-five years experience of operational forensic science — attending crime scenes, working in the laboratory, giving evidence at courts of law — and wide teaching and lecturing experience throughout the UK and overseas. The book is paired with a Crime Scene Examination Workbook for Students, an eBook that sets out areas of study and allows students to complete exercises using their own research as a basis for programme assignments.

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