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CRJ 141 - Criminal Investigation

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
Rudiments of criminal investigation: techniques, principles, problems, sources of information and evidentiary processes.
Prerequisite: CRJ 100  or instructor approval
Competencies
  1. Review contemporary protocols associated with basic criminal investigations.
    1. Define common criminal investigation terminology.
    2. Summarize the goals and priorities of criminal investigations.
    3. Give examples of possible sources of information. 
  2. Demonstrate correct procedures for identifying, preserving and documenting a crime scene.
    1. Discuss the significance of commonly identified and examined physical evidence.
    2. Illustrate accurate field notes and sketches.
    3. Describe how to properly photograph a crime scene.
    4. Report steps taken to maintain evidence integrity for presentation in court. 
  3. Assess the importance of writing effective reports.
    1. Analyze the components of a well-written report.
    2. Produce an accurate report.
  4. Establish legal principles associated with criminal investigations.
    1. Determine the constitutional standards relating to all stages and procedures of a criminal investigation.
    2. Discuss ethical considerations and potential impact on a case.
  5. Examine criminal investigation and legal standards for various crimes.
    1. Recall elements of common crimes investigated, to include crimes against persons, property, and society.
    2. Describe modern techniques utilized in criminal investigations and special considerations dependent upon the crime being investigated.
    3. Identify current challenges facing criminal investigators. 
  6. Explain the importance of preparing for presenting cases in a court of law.
    1. Discuss necessary steps to adequately prepare a case for prosecution.
    2. Generalize considerations for appropriate testimony.
    3. Predict possible effects improper preparation, or unlawful testimony, could have on a case.



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