Professor publishes 4th textbook

UW-P students helped with more than 80 illustrations.

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:00 am

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- For Aric Dutelle, "CSI" isn't just a TV show.

It's the University of Wisconsin-Platteville associate professor's life's work, and the topic of his fourth textbook, "An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Second Edition."

Published through Jones & Bartlett Learning, the book provides a comprehensive overview of crime scene investigation and covers everything from ethics and safety to the collection and processing of evidence.

It offers detailed chapters on types of evidence, such as fingerprint, trace, blood and biological, bloodstain pattern, impression, firearms and ballistic and drugs.

It is used in classes at UW-Platteville and at other schools across the nation.

"It's filling the niche we needed it to," said Dutelle, who also authored "Ethics for the Public Service Professional" and co-authored "Criminal Investigation."

New features in "An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, Second Edition," are updated "Ripped From the Headlines" current event examples, such as the Casey Anthony trial; additional "Case-in-Point" analyses; and "View From the Expert" insights from 16 CSI professionals.

Prior to joining UW-Platteville in 2004, Dutelle worked as a medico-legal investigator, police officer and crime scene technician.

Dutelle said he began writing professionally out of necessity in 2009 when he struggled to find an introductory CSI textbook that didn't assume prior knowledge in the field. Writing has now turned into a passion, Dutelle said.

The full-color book totals more than 500 pages. The more than 80 new illustrations were provided by UW-Platteville students and alumni Sarah Bedish, Ellie Bruchez, Dana Gevelinger, Erica Lawler, Gabrielle Mears, Elizabeth Sedgwick and Nicholas Vesper, also are included with this edition.

Dutelle said he couldn't have asked for a better team.

"I'd give them a paragraph and they'd come up with just the right graphic every time," he said.

Later this semester, Dutelle will visit the Des Moines Area Community College -- one of the schools currently using the introductory textbook -- to teach a course and meet with students and instructors. Dutelle said he particularly enjoys receiving thoughtful questions and comments from students who are using his books.

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