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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Professional Investigation by Emmanuel Anim-Danquah is an eye-opening book on the principles of investigation, a comprehensive book that details the step-by-step rules to follow in an investigation, what to know and how to successfully conduct and complete an investigation. The author talks about the importance of planning, of considering funding and logistics, of the taboos involved and the legal steps that eventually lead to the truth. Readers will understand the kind of evidence deemed admissible in court, how to acquire such evidence, and how to craft reports that are acceptable in civil and criminal cases. The book explores the different moments of the investigation, including admissible and inadmissible evidence, arrests, interrogation, searches, statements, arrests and a lot more.
This is a book that investigators and rookies need to read, a reference book that will help any investigator and police officer do their work better. Professional Investigation by Emmanuel Anim-Danquah is well-researched and the author provides material that readers need to know. I never knew that an investigation required so much and that the rules were so many and this book didn’t just inform but explained why many hard pieces of evidence are denied in a court of law. In the introduction, the author explains why it is important that the investigation is done right and thoroughly, and makes a very troubling statement: “Professionalism is key in the conduct of investigation. Wrong arrests, wrong reports, delayed reports, shelving, and censuring of vital evidence leading to misleading judgments in prosecution, wrong decision making in policy formulation and so on are very grave concerns in investigation.” This book provides need-to-know information to the general reader, tips to investigators, and the place that professional investigation has in the pursuit of justice. It is a vade-me-cum for anyone who is desirous of justice and who wants to understand the mechanics of successful investigations. Professional Investigation is well-researched, professionally written and packed with interesting information.