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What are the best textbooks to study TODAY for your
future Criminal Investigation, Detective or Investigator exam?
"I also spent 7 years as commander of my agency's CID -
criminal investigation Division.
And - yes - it is true
that assignment as a detective, detective sergeant or detective
lieutenant are the 3 best positions in law enforcement."
- Lt. Paul Patti (ret)
The field of criminal investigation is such a technology-dependent and
progress-intensive topic in law enforcement today that the body if
knowledge is constantly changing, and the textbooks and the
promotion exams and test questions from those textbooks MUST be
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Then there is the immense VOLUME of
information in criminal investigation, more than any other police
promotion topic. These are HUGE textbooks, many of them over 600
pages. I often have to write over 400 questions just to touch on all
the important concepts in the textbook.
My BEST piece of
advice on this page? If you believe you are taking a detective
exam at any time in the future, you need to own and
constantly read the material in the below four textbooks. The
current edition of each of these four textbooks represent nearly a
total body of professional knowledge on the topic of criminal
Going back to the 1980's and 1990's there were
just two or three comprehensive and widely respected textbooks in
the area of law enforcement general criminal investigation. Truth
is, they were such classics, they were seldom updated or revised.
When the storm of DNA advancements and crime scene investigation
technology hit (not to mention the CSI TV shows!) many of these
classic textbooks could not be updated with new editions quick
enough to keep up. Many new textbooks were written, diving deeply
into the groundbreaking areas of DNA analysis, biometrics and all
the technology advances.
There have been dozens of books written about
criminal investigation standards and techniques, but my favorite
ones that appear in many
exams (not in any order) are;
The updated, abridged version of this best-seller is now available
in a new 2nd edition from the experts at John E. Reid and
Associates, Inc. Criminal Interrogation and Confessions teaches
readers how to identify and interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors
of both deceptive and truthful people, and how to move toward
obtaining solid confessions from guilty persons. The Reid Technique
is built around basic psychological principles and presents
interrogation as an easily understood nine-step process. Separated
into two parts, What You Need to Know About Interrogation and
Employing the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation, this book will help
readers understand the effective and proper way that a suspect
should be interrogated and the safeguards that should be in place to
ensure the integrity of the confession. Fundamentals of
the Reid Technique - Interrogation and Confessions 2E - exam, test
questions, study guide and flashcards
Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation has served as the 'Bible'
of criminal investigation for many years. The author of this new
edition has prepared this text for a new generation of criminal
investigators in such a way that they will learn what is meant by a
complete investigation and acquaint themselves with the proofs of
the most important crimes. In addition, they will become familiar
with the employment of technical methods and services that are
available. The tools of the investigator are referred to as the
three 'I's,' namely, 'Information,' 'Interrogation,' and
'Instrumentation.' In view of this factor, the technological
advancements in forensic science, practices of criminalistics,
computerization, electronic databases, and the Internet are
presented, including the time honored methods of collecting
information that are still effective and utilized.
O'Hara's Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 8E 2013 - exam, test
questions, study guide and flashcards.
Some of the most important concepts you will need to know
for your detective promotion exam:
Having an in-depth knowledge of all these topics is crucial for a
career in criminal investigations. Also, each of these topics will
branch off into similar and related topics. Follow those branches!
Respond to this police detective,
corporal, sergeant or lieutenant oral board question:
How would YOU describe your knowledge
and experience in criminal investigation?"
"Ever since my first days in field training, and then
while on patrol on my own, I have excelled in report writing and
I pushed myself to learn all about physical evidence,
scientific methods of evidence collection, and all the latest
information on witness and suspect interrogation.
important, if ever time permitted, I always followed up and took
an investigation as far as I could, a great many times making an
arrest on a case that normally would have been turned over to a
There is nothing I aspire to more than putting
all these talents to work in our agency's detective division."
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Criminal Investigation Test Questions that
typically appear in Det. Sgt. and Lt. promotion exams
When submitting documents for handwriting or paper
identification and comparison purposes, submit them in (A)
plastic bags (B) paper containers (C) airtight glass
containers (D) vacuum-sealed metal containers (E)
cellophane envelopes and an outside manila envelope (F) none
of the above
What type of light and/or substance should be used to detect
invisible laundry marks? (A) UV (B) IR (C) luminol
The interview style which is especially effective for obtaining
information from victims and witnesses who have difficulty
remembering an event is called the ____________ interview.
(A) Mnemonic (B) Hypnotic (C) Hypersensory (D) Focused
In Geographic Profiling, investigators seek to take advantage of
the fact that the serial criminal operates within (A) a
comfort zone (B) a short distance from their home or place of
work (C) a geographic area that holds special meaning to them
(D) a geographic area where the past victims can help identify
Which of the below forms of homicide results from extreme
culpable negligence? (check all that apply): (A) involuntary
manslaughter (B) voluntary manslaughter (C) third-degree
murder (D) second-degree murderd