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Spring 2019

Criminal Justice Courses:

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CRJ206 - Criminal Investigations: Law and Process

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Studies criminal investigative principles and techniques based upon rules of evidence and related appellate court decisions. Presents investigative methods, skills and procedures used in conducting major crime scene investigations. Examines the identification, collection and preservation of evidence, and case preparation for prosecution. Prerequisites: CRJ101 and CRJ110.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and explain of the basic concepts involved in a criminal investigation by investigating a crime scenario and presenting findings. *
2. Describe the role of the criminal investigator in the criminal justice system.
3. Outline the methods used by criminal investigators to obtain information.
4. Demonstrate the procedures involved in processing a crime scene, including creating a crime scene sketch.*
5. Analyze the investigative responses to specialized situations including crimes against persons, crimes against property and other forms of criminal activity.
6. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the criminal investigation field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and/or presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. The Investigative Process
II. The Crime Scene & Physical Evidence
III. Criminal Behavior
IV. Interview and Interrogation
V. Fingerprints and Suspect Identification
VI. Records and Report Writing
VII. Robbery and Assault Investigations
VIII. Sex Crime Investigations
IX. Homicide Investigations
X. Burglary, Larceny and Theft Investigations
XI. Arson Investigations
XII. Organized Crime and White Collar Crime
XIII. Drug Investigations
XIV. Terrorism
XV. The Future

Effective Term: Spring 2016