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Criminal Investigation I
Course: AJS275

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduction to the theory of criminal investigation. Examines crime scene procedures, case preparation, interviewing, and basic investigative techniques.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define investigation and identify and describe the goals and objectives of any criminal investigation. (I)
2. Identify and describe attributes and techniques of a successful investigator. (II)
3. Define crime scene and identify and describe the importance of protecting the crime scene. (III)
4. Identify and describe methods used to protect the crime scene. (III)
5. Identify the methods of recording a crime scene and describe the proper procedures associated with each method. (III)
6. Define evidence and identify and describe methods of collecting, preserving, transporting, and analyzing various types of evidence. (IV)
7. Describe the importance of properly reporting a criminal incident. (V)
8. Identify and describe the principles, values, and uses of a proper police report. (V)
9. Describe the steps involved in preparing for interviews, interrogation in criminal investigation, and identify common problems encountered in interviewing and interrogation. (VI)
10. Identify the steps involved in the identification of suspects in criminal investigation and identify common problems encountered during the identification process. (VI)
11. Identify and describe the basic investigative steps involved in a variety of criminal investigations. (VI)
12. Identify and describe the steps involved in criminal case preparation including court preparation. (VI)
13. Define DNA evidence and describe its value and use in criminal investigation. (IV)
14. Define social media and describe its value and use in a criminal investigation. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Criminal investigation
   A. Definition
   B. Goals and objectives
II. The investigator
   A. Personal attributes
   B. Use of senses
   C. Logic skills
      1. Inductive reasoning
      2. Deductive reasoning
III. Crime scene
   A. Definition
   B. Identifying
   C. Protecting
   D. Recording
      1. Photographing
      2. Sketching
IV. Evidence
   A. Definition
   B. Identifying
   C. Collecting
   D. Preserving
   E. Transporting
   F. Scientific aids
V. Police reports
   A. Importance
   B. Uses
   C. Values
   D. Principles of writing
VI. Investigative techniques
   A. Interviews and interrogation
      1. Preparation
      2. Interview and interrogation techniques
      3. Common problems
   B. Investigation of specific crimes
      1. Theft
      2. Burglary
      3. Robbery
      4. Assault
      5. Homicide
      6. Sex Crimes
      7. Drug violations
      8. Arson
      9. White collar
      10. Cybercrime
      11. Domestic violence
      12. Terrorism
   C. Case preparation
      1. Preparing for court
   D. Identification
      1. Showups
      2. Lineups
      3. DNA
      4. Fingerprints
      5. Common problems
   E. Social media
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 1, 2018

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