As forensic science continues to play a wider role in the investigation of crimes and apprehension of criminals, those without crime scene or crime lab training should now grow to be familiar with the techniques and language of the forensic scientist. Avoiding the complicated science and graphic violence typical of most forensic references, this book is written specifically for those without forensic science experience. Whilst it provides a professional reference for those not steeped in the main points of forensic science, the wealth of instructor material to be had for teachers and its pedagogical approach make this an ideal textbook for high school and introductory level courses.
Following up on the tremendously popular first edition, Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition now adds the insight of a new co-writer who is known nationally for training instructors how to teach forensic science at all levels of education. The book takes readers from the initial evidence collection process, through the evaluation procedures, right up to and including the courtroom presentation.
Packed with case studies, photographs, and exercises, this book provides everything the non-scientist needs so as to remember and utilize the vital research approaches that forensic science can offer.
“Test Yourself” questions at the end of each chapter familiarize you with the language and approaches needed to remember and communicate with experienced crime scene investigators and laboratory personnel.
Offering the forensic sciences at their most accessible, Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition is a valuable resource for detectives, journalists, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other non-science professionals who wish to remember, interpret, and report on the most recent advances in crime scene investigation.
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