Higher Education

Introduction to Investigations, 2nd Edition

  • John S. Dempsey State University of New York (SUNY)
  • ISBN-10: 053457646X  |  ISBN-13: 9780534576462
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • © 2003 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $183.00



INTRODUCTION TO INVESTIGATIONS, Second Edition is a basic introductory text for college students who are interested in learning who investigators are, what they do, and how they do it. Dempsey has designed a text that gives students a general overview of investigations so they can understand why and how investigations are conducted. This text also introduces students to what types of jobs are available in the investigating industry and what skills are needed to obtain these jobs.

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Features and Benefits

  • Accessible, lively coverage of interesting material that is usually presented in a dry, overly technical manner. Covers traditional investigation topics with a more even-handed treatment of private investigations. The author's engaging teaching style comes through in the text, providing students with a true feel for the flavor of investigations.
  • "You Are There" boxes bring students back in time, to the scene of a crime, to review the fact pattern in a particular court case. Examples include the Lindbergh baby kidnapping (Chapter 4) and the O.J. Simpson case (Chapter 12).
  • "Dempsey's Law" boxes provide personal examples from the author's career with the NYPD as well as classroom dialogue from his teaching experiences. The focus of these boxes throughout the text is on becoming a police detective/investigator and jobs in private and public security. Especially good examples can be found in Chapters 2, 3, and 5.
  • Thorough coverage of both public (police) and private investigations. The purpose, methods, and tools of both investigations are similar, yet, while police are de-emphasizing investigations to focus on community and problem-solving policing, private investigating is a much larger field than public.
  • Each chapter includes an introduction, chapter goals, outline, summary, learning checks, Web exercises, and applications exercises. Applications exercises are projects that require students to apply their knowledge to hypothetical situations much like those they might encounter in actual investigations work.

Table of Contents

1. The History of Investigations and The Investigations Industry.
2. The Investigating Process.
3. The Crime Scene.
4. Report Writing and Case Management.
5. Law, Evidence, and Investigating.
6. Criminalistics and Technology in Investigations.
7. Interviews and Interrogations.
8. Sources of Information.
9. Surveillance and Undercover Investigations.
10. The Investigation of Violent Crimes: Murder, Rape, or Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault and Kidnapping.
11. The Investigation of Property Crimes: Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson.
12. The Investigation of Narcotics and Drug Offenses.
13. The Investigation of Terrorist Activities.
14. The Investigation of Computer Crime.
15. Private Sector Investigations.
Court Cases.

What's New

  • Reflecting a topic that is current and on every student's mind, Chapter 13 (The Investigation of Terrorist Activities) is completely new. This chapter includes information on international and domestic terrorism; federal, state, and local efforts against terrorism; private security efforts against terrorism; catastrophic disasters and weapons of mass destruction (WMD); methods of investigating terrorism; and assessing travel risks for U.S. citizens travelling abroad.
  • Each chapter now includes "Investigations on the Net" boxes, which provide specific information for students regarding sources on the Internet they can use for their academic and professional growth, as well as their own interest.
  • "Career Focus" boxes provide examples of the many jobs available in investigations.
  • New "Guest Lectures" are perspectives written by professionals in the field of investigations.
  • Chapter 1 (The History of Investigations and The Investigations Industry) has been revised and updated, and now covers historical material formerly in Chapter 4. Updates to this chapter include: new coverage of developments in physical evidence and a discussion of Vollmer; coverage of recent court cases; a new section on crime and security in the United States (formerly in Chapter 2); and a complete update of statistics and data on the investigations industry.
  • Chapter 3 (The Crime Scene) now includes an expanded discussion of the crime scene, as well as new coverage of transient evidence and blood spatter evidence.
  • NEW Chapter 5 (Law, Evidence and Investigating) covers Physical Evidence.
  • DNA Profiling and technological advances in DNA testing (RFLP and PCR) are covered in Chapter 6 (Criminalistics and Technology in Investigations). This chapter also includes an expanded and updated discussion of ballistics, as well as new treatment of fiber evidence and the Williams case.
  • Chapter 9 (Surveillance and Undercover Investigations) has been revised and consolidated with Chapter 10 from the previous edition to include the following new coverage: drug operations and undercover drug operations; electronic surveillance and the law.
  • Part III: includes 5 new chapters covering the various types of investigations, violent crimes; crimes against property; narcotics and drug offenses; arson, bombings, and terrorist activities; computer crime; and private sector investigations.
  • New text-specific Web site with tutorial quizzing, Online Glossary, Flashcards, Games, Internet links, InfoTrac College Edition activities, Internet activities, and Course Resources and Updates.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0534576478 | ISBN-13: 9780534576479)

Internet Guide for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0534572634 | ISBN-13: 9780534572631)

Intended for the novice Internet user, this guide provides students with the background and vocabulary necessary to navigate and understand the Web, then provides them with a wealth of criminal justice sites and Internet project ideas.

List Price = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Student Supplements

Internet Guide for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0534572634 | ISBN-13: 9780534572631)

Just getting comfortable with the Internet? Designed for the novice Internet user, this guide provides you with the background and vocabulary necessary to navigate and understand the Web, then gives you a wealth of criminal justice sites and Internet project ideas.

List Price = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John S. Dempsey

John S. Dempsey is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at State University of New York (SUNY), Suffolk County Community College. He also teaches criminal justice and public administration courses at SUNY, Empire State College, where he serves as a mentor for ranking members of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Mr. Dempsey was a member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 1964 until 1988, serving as a police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He focused on both patrol and investigations. Mr. Dempsey received seven citations for meritorious and excellent police duty. After retiring from the NYPD, he served as Professor of Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College on Eastern Long Island, where he received the college's prestigious "Who Made a Difference Award" for his teaching and work with students. Mr. Dempsey lectures throughout the country on policing and criminal justice issues and is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), ASIS International, the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), and the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State (CJEANYS). He has received the Outstanding Contributor Award from the ACJS Community College Section and the Fellows Award from the NEAJS. Mr. Dempsey has written several books on policing and security. He received his Associate of Arts Degree and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Long Island University and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government.