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Ballistics

. 9781543529890. Kortuem, Amy. Fingerprint Evidence. ISBN 9781543529883.ea vol: 32p. (Crime Solvers). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $27.32.
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Gr 3–6—It's not often that we see books on forensics for the elementary level, so this set is sure to satisfy the appetites of young crime solvers. Through simple text and clear, relevant photos readers are introduced to evidence-gathering processes that law enforcement personnel use in the aftermath of crime. Topics include matching firearms to spent ammunition, firearms residue, bloodstain patterns, and electronic footprints of cybercrime. Techniques for detecting and matching blood and collecting fingerprints are also discussed. Lab work, DNA testing, and the use of ballistic databases and automated fingerprint identification systems are mentioned as well. The use of this type of evidence by the court system further reinforces the significance of forensic science as an important crime-solving tool. Critical thinking questions are included in the back matter to deepen understanding.
VERDICT A go-to purchase for young readers looking to delve into the key aspects of forensics and crime solving.

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