Criminal Investigation Books

Criminal Investigation Books
A list of the best criminal investigation books.


This article provides an overview of criminal investigations. In addition, it includes a list of recommended criminal investigation books to help you learn more.

What is Criminal Investigation?

Criminal investigations are inquiries conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement officials such as police detectives, coroners, and other crime scene investigators. Criminal Investigations is considered to be an “applied science”, because it involves collecting evidence, data and information about a crime and using it to identify and apprehend a criminal.

List of Criminal Investigation Books

Criminal Investigation

This textbook provides students, private investigator, and law enforcement officers with an overview of the basics of the criminal investigating process. It explains the legal, technical and procedural steps involved in everything from the crime scene to the court room. This book is great for beginners who need an overview of the process.

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fifth Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations)

Practical Homicide Investigation Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques – A guide for students of criminalistics and professionals involved with investigating homicides. The book serves as a veritable encyclopedia of homicide investigation and serves as a great reference. Keep it on your bookshelf and pull it out when the situation warrants.

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis – Great for aspiring crime scene investigators. Provides an overview of the basic foundation and fundamentals of the process and how to process and analyze behavioral evidence related to a case.

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Private Investigations and Criminal Investigations

Private investigators are often hired by private parties to investigate events associated with criminal behavior. Private investigators can use their investigation and fact-finding skills to dig up information that the police may overlook. Detectives often work as an advocate for a person or group of persons who believe the case has not been adequately solved by law enforcement.

Private detectives with knowledge of criminal investigation techniques can determine if the police are following proper procedure and leverage their knowledge and investigative experience to help solve the case.

As with most other skills, investigating criminal activity is best learned through on the job training. However, criminal investigation books can help private investigators learn about the latest crime scene investigation techniques and procedures involved with investigating crimes. Books and audiobooks are a great way to learn new techniques such as evidence collection, photography, fingerprinting, and more.

Crime Scene Investigations TV Show

CSI Television Show on DVD – An overview of the season episodes of the popular hit TV show. If you have an interest in investigating crime scenes, this show will become one of your favorites. Also, check out NCIS and CSI: Miami.

Questions and Comments

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