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Underwater Forensic Investigation Synopsis

The evidence discovered at underwater crime scenes must be handled with the same attention to proper chain of custody procedures as with any other type of investigation. Improper handling of these scenes can lead to evidence being lost, unrecognizable, destroyed, contaminated, or rendered inadmissible at the time of trial. Updated and expanded, Underwater Forensic Investigation, Second Edition presents a comprehensive approach to the processing of an underwater crime scene and the steps necessary to conduct the operation. The book summarizes the history, physics, and laws applicable to underwater investigations and includes topics such as team formation, roles, deployment, and accountability. Explaining procedures that can make a true difference in the final outcome of water-related incidents, the author also debunks myths associated with submerged evidence. This second edition contains several new chapters on photography, contaminated sites, preservation of evidence, and release of the crime scene, and includes expanded information on death investigation and organizing the dive team. Nearly 100 color illustrations supplement the text. The science of water-related investigations is still in its infancy, and hence, the field needs accurate and useful sources of education. This text will assist law enforcement professionals and those in other areas of public safety in gaining the knowledge that has historically been lacking. The incorporation of the procedures presented will enable those tasked with working these scenes to develop a greater degree of professionalism, objectivity, thoroughness, and accuracy relating to the investigation of water-related incidents-increasing the chance for successful resolution of these difficult cases.

Underwater Forensic Investigation Press Reviews

Ron Becker is an accomplished criminal investigator turned personal injury attorney and judge. He took a fascination for the history of marine archaeology and underwater search and recovery and coupled it with his passion for forensic science and criminal law procedure in the pursuit of educating others in underwater forensic investigations. He is the author of the second edition of Underwater Forensic Investigation, published in 2013 by CRC Press. The text, which is 351 pages divided into 15 chapters, is a comprehensive view of this emerging area of criminal investigations. ... If you are an aspiring underwater forensic investigator, this book will encourage you to expand your knowledge of dry-land forensic crime scene processing and modern forensic techniques. For the police and crime lab administrator who may have a more historical view of this subject matter, the book effectively creates awareness and understanding of the benefits to ensuring any team operating in your service area does so with an eye on scientific rigor and commitment to building technical skill. -B. Kroupa, RTI International, in Forensic Science Review, Vol. 26, No. 1

Book Information

ISBN: 9781466507500
Publication date: 21st May 2013
Author: Ronald F. (Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) Becker
Publisher: CRC Press Inc an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 371 pages

About Ronald F. (Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) Becker

Professor Becker completed his studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science at Sam Houston State University in 1969. He went on to finish his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1972. A short hiatus from higher education found him with The Mineral County Montana Sheriff's Office culminating his work there as a criminal investigator and leaving for St. Mary's Law School in 1981. Upon completion of his law studies and passing the Texas Bar Examination in 1983, he became a partner in the general litigation firm of Gish, Radtke, and Becker in Boerne, Texas. The ...

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