Introduces criminal investigation and the techniques of forensic science. Topics include information accumulation, specific crimes, and preparation for purposes of prosecution.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Criminal Investigation: An Overview
- Identify the early pioneers of the science of investigations.
- Apply Inductive and Deductive Reasoning skills to crime scene investigations.
- Identify and define the nature of a crime
- Writing Effective Reports
- Analyze the characteristics of a good/bad police report.
- Crime Scene Search
- Explain what is meant by the “corpus delecti” of a crime.
- Explain the Exclusionary Rule of Evidence.
- Explain Geographic Profiling.
- Forensic/Physical Evidence
- Describe the evolution of the Exclusionary Rule.
- Explain the “silver platter” doctrine.
- Differentiate between the different types of evidentiary hearings.
- Obtaining Information
- Define “Rapport”.
- Distinguish between Interrogations and Interviews.
- Distinguish between Confessions and Admissions.
- Recognize the differences between the Crime Scene Search Methods.
- “Modus Operandi”
- Define modus operandi.
- Analyze how "modus operandi" can assist in identifying and apprehending a suspect.
- Identifying and Arresting Subjects
- Describe proper procedures when arresting an individual.
- Homicide Investigation
- Describe the various postmortem changes occurring at the time of death.
- Outline the priorities of a homicide scene.
- Crimes Against Children
- Identify types of child molesters.
- Categorize different types of child abuse.
- Search Warrants
- Examine the requirements for a Search Warrant.
- Analyze the 10 exceptions to a Search Warrant.
- Describe proper rules of a line-up procedure.
Assessment and Requirements
Students will be assessed by completing 3 written, multiple choice exams. They will also perform in class written assignments.