The only portable and practical guide for any officer conducting a serious, complex, or major investigation
Includes fully updated chapters on homicide investigation; problem solving, decision making and policy log keeping; investigating child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE), expanded information covering modern slavery and human trafficking, and the Operation Hydrant guidelines relating to victim management in non-recent cases
Includes full consideration of the Investigatory Powers Act, and coverage of the Policing and Crime Act 2017's impact on the work of the Senior Investigating Officer. The edition also covers updates on all relevant legislation and case law, with extensive reference to recent operations and high profile investigations
Features practical advice, guidance, and checklists, providing a quick source of reference guide for each stage of an investigation, as well as a handy medical glossary
Blackstone's Senior Investigating Officers' Handbook is designed specifically to meet the reference needs of any officer conducting a serious or major crime investigation. The only step-by-step guide to the processes and actions involved in the role of a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), it explains all the relevant procedures and processes integral to the role in a clear and understandable style. Now in its fifth edition, this Handbook takes the reader through all the stages incumbent in an SIO's role: decision-making and the initial response; setting up and managing an investigation; investigative strategies; policy logs, victim, family, and community management; and liaison with the media. There is also instruction on suspect and witness management, conducting 'TIE' (Trace, Investigate, and Evaluate) enquiries, child sexual exploitation and investigating sudden and unexplained infant deaths. There is an entire chapter dedicated to the subject of homicide investigation.
Whether you conduct, review, or take a professional interest in serious and major crime investigation, this title will be an invaluable resource. The first practical guide to this important role, it is commonly referred to as the essential reference book in the wider SIO community (the SIO's bible) and is a highly practical tool for any SIO or prospective SIO.