New Books

In Forensic Photography, author Sanford L. Weiss walks you through the necessary steps to create an accurate representation of forensic evidence. The book is based on the idea that an evidence photographer must understand evidence, optics, and human vision just as well as the basics of photography itself. This book is scheduled for publication in March. To learn more, go to this website and search for “Forensic Photography”:



The third edition of Introduction to Emergency Management lays out the principles, background components, and systems involved in managing disasters and other emergencies. This edition is fully updated to cover FEMA’s changing role within the Department of Homeland Security. It also includes a full case study of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, with a timeline and eight pages of color photographs. To learn more, visit:





Fire-scene investigators and crime-laboratory technicians will all find a wealth of background and in-depth information in Fire Debris Analysis. Chapters cover various topics such as the history of fire debris analysis, basic organic chemistry, the chemistry and physics of fire and liquid fuels, sample collection, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and education, training, and certification. To get more information, go to:


January-February 2008 (Volume 6, Number 1)
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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.