Criminal Investigation,
12th Edition

Kären M. Hess, Christine Hess Orthmann, Henry Lim Cho

ISBN-13: 9780357511671
Copyright 2022 | Published
400 pages | List Price: USD $287.95

Master modern investigative principles and practices using the field-based approach strongly grounded in current research with Hess/Hess Orthmann/Cho/Molan's CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, 12E. This best-selling text introduces established tools, practices and policies while detailing the latest innovations in investigative technology and science today. The authors clearly demonstrate techniques and practical applications using a captivating, reader-friendly presentation. The latest discussions introduce advancements in DNA evidence, incident review and solvability factors, terrorism and homeland security, electronic data searches, new case law, forensics and physical evidence, use of body cameras, and ethics as well as increasing standards of proof for stop versus search and arrest versus conviction. MindTap digital resources help you refine your skills and strengthen your understanding with video cases, career scenarios, chapter quizzes and interactive labs that explore investigative techniques.


1. Criminal Investigation: An Overview.
2. Documenting the Crime Scene: Note Taking, Photographing, and Sketching.
3. Writing Effective Reports.
4. Searches.
5. Forensics and Physical Evidence.
6. Obtaining Information and Intelligence.
7. Identifying and Arresting Suspects.
8. Death Investigations.
9. Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Elder Abuse.
10. Sex Offenses.
11. Crimes Against Children.
12. Robbery.
13. Burglary.
14. Larceny/Theft, Fraud, and White-Collar Crime.
15. Motor Vehicle Theft.
16. Arson, Bombs, and Explosives.
17. Computer Crime.
18. A Dual Threat: Drug-Related Crime and Organized Crime.
19. Criminal Activities of Gangs and Other Dangerous Groups.
20. Terrorism and Homeland Security.
21. Preparing for and Presenting Cases in Court.
Appendix A: Patrol Crime Scene Management Checklist.
Appendix B: Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Case Review Solvability Chart.
Appendix C: Sudden In-Custody Death: An Investigator's Checklist.
Appendix D: Death Scene Checklist.
Appendix E: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Cold Case Solvability Criteria.
Appendix F: Sample Form for Reporting Bias Crime.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

  • Kären M. Hess

    The late Kären Matison Hess, Ph.D., wrote extensively about law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a prestigious reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. Dr. Matison co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, JUVENILE JUSTICE, INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE and CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM in addition to CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. Many of the renowned strengths of Dr. Matison's practical presentation as well as her investigative insights remain hallmarks of this new edition.

  • Christine Hess Orthmann

    Christine Hess Orthmann holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and has been writing about and researching various aspects of criminal justice for more than 20 years. A well-respected author of numerous Cengage Learning textbooks, Ms. Orthmann is a former reserve officer with the Rosemount (Minnesota) Police Department. She is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the Text and Academic Authors Association and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).

  • Henry Lim Cho

    Henry Lim Cho holds an M.A. in human services with an emphasis in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. He has worked in the field of criminal justice for more than 10 years and has held positions as a community service officer, police officer and detective. He has also worked in private security. He retired from the Rosemount (Minnesota) Police Department with the rank of sergeant. Sergeant Cho has experience as a use-of-force instructor and as a crime scene investigator. His professional memberships include the Text and Academic Authors Association, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, International Association of Identification--Minnesota Chapter, Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigator Association, High Technology Crime Investigation Association, National White-Collar Crime Center and the Fraternal Order of Police. Sergeant Cho co-authored POLICE OPERATIONS and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, and he has been published in the Minnesota Police Journal.

  • EXPANDED CUTTING-EDGE CONTENT PRESENTS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. New coverage highlights incident review and solvability factors as critical steps in managing criminal investigations. Students learn about clearing a case, civil liabilities, evidence cross-contamination, myths about criminal investigation and why failures occur. They explore new case law impacting investigations, the use of body cameras for documentation and Brady/Giglio concerns. They also learn about electronic data searches and the increasing standard of proof required for stop versus search and arrest versus conviction.

  • ADDITIONAL, UPDATED ILLUSTRATIONS VISUALLY REINFORCE CONCEPTS AND DEMONSTRATE THE LATEST PRACTICES. New figures, timely illustrations and recent explanatory photos bring key concepts, practices and techniques to life while appealing to a wider range of your students' learning styles.

  • MINDTAP DIGITAL RESOURCES OFFER CUSTOMIZABLE, STUDENT-FOCUSED CONTENT. Updated online content provides course analytics, an e-reader and an applied learning experience –- all delivered within your current learning management system. This edition's MindTap provides a rich array of media assets -- all organized by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level. MindTap encourages critical thinking and guides students toward mastery of techniques and key concepts with video cases, career scenarios, chapter quizzes and interactive labs.

  • "TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS" SPOTLIGHT THE MOST RECENT ADVANCEMENTS AND TOOLS IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS TODAY. This engaging boxed feature prompts stimulating class discussions about topics such as case management software, 3-D mapping of crime scenes, mobile fingerprint biometric scanners, BolaWrap, VALT police interview recording software, computer-generated lineups, use of lasers to create crime scene sketches, forensic light sources and DNA phenotyping systems, CrimeStat IV spatial statistics for analyzing crime incident locations, through-the-wall surveillance and ShotSpotter Flex.

  • RELIABLE CONTENT FROM EXPERTS AND SEASONED PROFESSIONALS DISCUSSES THE LATEST INSIGHTS AND PRACTICES. This edition provides comprehensive, authoritative coverage that details the latest updates in criminal investigation technology, procedures and practices. The most recent statistics and a clear presentation of new laws support the book's timely explanations.

  • READER-FRIENDLY STYLE SUPPORTS THIS EDITION'S POPULAR, INVITING PRESENTATION. This edition's well-written, best-selling approach is easy to read and engaging for your students. The distinguished authors use their experience to offer a field-based perspective grounded in today's most current research. It's a distinctive approach that makes this the text of choice for numerous criminal justice courses at any level.

  • HELPFUL CHECKLISTS AND ACTUAL SAMPLE FORMS FAMILIARIZE STUDENTS WITH TOOLS USED BY TODAY'S PROFESSIONALS. This edition's appendices provide your students with a crime scene management checklist, death scene checklist and an investigator's checklist along with a sample form for reporting bias crime.

  • HELPFUL CHECKLISTS AND ACTUAL SAMPLE FORMS FAMILIARIZE STUDENTS WITH TOOLS USED BY TODAY'S PROFESSIONALS. This edition's appendices provide your students with a crime scene management checklist, death scene checklist and an investigator's checklist along with a sample form for reporting bias crime.

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