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  • Criminal Investigation
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This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence and the role of the investigator in the trial process.


Crime scene management

Utility of evidence

Documentation of evidence

Follow-up investigation

Interviewing (witness identification)

Interrogating techniques

Physical evidence


Ethical challenges


Source of information

Trial process


At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the role of documentation in the criminal investigative process
  2. Recognize, identify and explain the implications of a given piece of evidence in a criminal process
  3. Identify critical ethical issues relating to criminal investigation
  4. Describe successive evolutionary stages of the criminal investigative process
  5. Identify procedures for first responders to crime scenes
  6. Describe the duties related to the basic functions of crime scene management (management control, evidence search and processing, general area investigation)
  7. Identify role of forensic examination in a criminal investigative process
  8. Compare and contrast the legalities and strategies of interview and interrogation
  9. Identify key information sources and data systems available to investigators
  10. Explain the role of the investigator in the judicial process

Objective and subjective examinations/quizzes

Case analysis


Homework assignments

In class exercises/presentations

Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives, Lushbaugh, et al, 2016, 13th Ed.

Criminal Investigation, Hess, 2017 11th Ed.

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  • Orig App year 2010