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Ethics for the Public Service Professional by Aric W. Dutelle takes a close look at the incorporation of ethics within virtually all areas of public service. The text provides coverage of current police and public-service controversies; discusses new mechanisms of accountability, including comprehensive use-of-force reporting, citizen-complaint procedures, early-intervention systems, and police auditors; presents real-life situations faced by those within public service; and includes a list of websites to facilitate further research. The book includes chapters on “Ethics in Law Enforcement” and “Ethics in Forensic Science”.


Fundamentals of Forensic Science (Second Edition) by Max M. Houck and Jay A. Siegel presents a complete look at the core disciplines, emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. For example, a chapter on “Forensic Hair Examinations” begins by explaining how hair grows and its microanatomy, before moving on to discuss how to differentiate between human and non-human hair, how to estimate the ethnicity or ancestry of an individual from hair, and the process of comparing a known hair sample to a questioned hair. It is written and organized in a logical and practical manner that engages the reader to learn more.

Water-Related Death Investigation: Practical Methods and Forensic Applications by Erica J. Armstrong and Kevin L. Erskine takes a very specific kind of death investigation and tracks it from the scene to the autopsy to the courtroom. Along the way, the authors emphasize the importance of overcoming the preconceived notion that most water-related deaths are accidental. Topics covered include the physiology of drowning; investigative duties of those called to the scene; characteristics of scenes, including submerged vehicles, scuba fatalities, and pool drownings; and obtaining information from witnesses, suspects, and first responders.


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