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Charles R. "Mike" Swanson “received his bachelor and master's degrees in criminology from Florida State University and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Georgia, where he is a faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. His primary responsibilities include providing applied research, technical assistance, and training to Georgia units of state and local government. A former patrol officer and detective with the Tampa Police Department, he also served as Senior Police Planner and Acting Deputy Director of the Florida Governor's Law Enforcement Council. Mike has coauthored five books and is the author or coauthor of numerous monographs, articles, and conference papers.  He is the co-author of Criminal Investigation, Outlines & Highlights for Criminal Investigation, and Police Administration.

According to the book description of Criminal Investigation, “Widely recognized as the most accurate and comprehensive text in the field, this practical, step-by-step introduction to criminal investigation gives students a logical framework for understanding the investigative process. Major sections cover current issues such as environmental crime, the looting of archaeological sites, videotaping of crime scenes, street gangs, and drugs. Case studies throughout the text emphasize the applied technique of criminal investigation. Graphs, charts, and arresting photographs found throughout the text depict the practical aspects of investigation and help to clarify difficult scientific concepts. The tenth edition has been significantly updated with new content to reflect new statistical data, technology, procedures, and law.


One reader of Criminal Investigation said, “This book is on the reading list for Massachusetts Civil Service Promotional Exams. I found it to be fascinating, as did most of my colleagues. You name the crime, and this book will show you step by step how to find the evidence, and how to properly handle it when you do find it. Full of diagrams and illustrations to make every concept crystal clear and graphic photos of some heinous crime scenes.


One reader of Criminal Investigation said, “This book is by far one of the best of the criminal justice books that I have ever read. If it wasn't required reading for my Criminal Investigations class, I just might have picked it up and read it on my own. This book is one of the most interesting and easy to read books that has ever been required reading. The photography in the text helps with the topics in the reading much more than in any other books I've read. Though a bit gruesome, the photos are of great quality and only help the book that much more.”


According to the book description of the 7th edition of Police Administration, “The best-selling, most comprehensive book available for police administration & management, Police Administration 7/e presents a carefully researched and vivid introduction to police organizations that focuses on the procedures, politics and human relations issues that law enforcement managers and administrators must understand in order to succeed. Representing the collective experience of the authors' decades of experience in law enforcement, training, and teaching, Police Administration 7/e is recognized by both the academic and law enforcement communities as the authoritative treatment of this important topic.” 

Criminal Investigation
Charles Swanson  More Info

Criminal Investigation- Text Only
Charles R. Swanson  More Info

Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behavior (7th Edition)
Charles R. Swanson  More Info

Outlines & Highlights for Criminal Investigation by Charles R. Swanson, ISBN: 9780073401539
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About the Tampa Police Department

According to the Tampa Police Department, “In 1855 the first official law enforcement position created was City Marshall by an act to incorporate the City of Tampa. Over the next 18 years the City Marshall’s duties and responsibilities were expanded to include summoning members of patrol by midnight along with examining and recording marks and brands on butchered cattle.”  Today, the Tampa Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with an authorized strength of 1,324 personnel.

The uniformed patrol contingent of the Tampa Police Department is divided into three geographic districts.  An Assistant Chief of Police is in overall command of the Police Operations with a Major in command of each of the three districts.  In addition to having uniformed patrol officers in the district command, each district has a number of specialized units like District Latent Investigation Squad which is a squad of plain clothes detectives assigned to investigation property crimes.  Additionally, “the Street Anti-Crime squads assigned to each district are plainclothes squads that handle varied types of complaints and assignments. The squads work in each district to reduce prostitution and prostitution related crimes. SAC squads also work robbery, burglary and auto theft related crimes using various techniques to proactively reduce crime. They also respond to citizen complaints for special problems and concerns.”

According to the City of Tampa annual report, the Tampa Police Department, “has been successful in implementing an organizational structure and innovative crime fighting techniques to generate significant annual reductions in crime rates and provide a high level of police services to the community. Under the reorganized structure, the three police districts are committed to protecting lives, property, and constitutional rights of people residing, working, vacationing, and traversing the city, by maintaining and promoting community order and respect for the law. Construction and occupancy of a new District III facility will help magnify the successes which have been and are being achieved. Other major initiatives being planned for 2008 include: Implementation and compliance with national incident management system standards; deployment of efficiency improving technology; homeland security and response to emergency management activities and incidents; increases in special events requirements; and participation in Urban Area Security Initiative grant programs.”

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