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CJA103 Basic Criminal Investigation

Lead Faculty: Dr. James E. Guffey

Course Description

Basic investigative responsibilities and procedures as applied to criminal investigations. Topics include crime scene management, forensic and physical evidence handling, search and seizure, property crimes, violent crimes, and others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and articulate basic investigative responsibilities, to include note taking, photographic documentation, preserving and processing evidence, and crime scene sketching.
  • Recall search and seizure protections under the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to include various exceptions to the rule.
  • Distinguish between property crime and violent crime offenses.
  • Discuss activities of criminal enterprise organizations, criminal gangs, and terrorist organizations.
  • Identify items that would normally be expected to be found at various crime scenes.
  • Describe how evidence should be properly handled at a crime scene.
  • Tell how evidence should be safeguarded to insure the chain of custody requirements.
  • Understand the consequences of poorly controlled crime scenes.