Mar 21, 2023
CJ 272 Criminal Investigations (5 credits)
Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Through the lens of assigned criminal cases, students will explore investigative theory, sources of information, interview and interrogation techniques, false and coerced confessions, crime patterns, criminal law & procedures, the role of an investigator, and report writing.
1. Demonstrate understanding of how criminal investigation serves a larger function in the effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System.
2. Discuss strengths, weaknesses, & limitations of various investigative techniques.
3. Discuss the role of the investigator, on and off duty, with an emphasis on being a truth seeker.
4. Analyze the main interview & interrogation techniques.
5. Explain and apply the procedures for conducting a criminal investigation.
6. Explain the evolution of criminal investigations and criminalistics.
7. Identify crime patterns and patterns of crime.
8. Interpret and apply criminal law procedures as related to criminal investigations.
9. Explain the different sources of information and how/when to apply them.
10. Accurately and ethically apply interview & interrogation techniques.
11. Exhibit proper handling & collation of information, including file management & information evaluation
12. Write accurate and logical reports.
13. Given a case, be able to accurately and ethically apply criminal investigative techniques, strategies, and case management (to include the ability to articulate the reasoning for utilizing the methods chosen).
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