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Criminal Investigation I
Course: AJS275

First Term: 1994 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

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 in criminal investigation and identify common problems encountered in interviewing. (VI)
10. Identify and describe the basic investigative steps involved in a ariety of criminal investigations. (VI)
11. Identify and describe the steps involved in criminal case preparation. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
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
      1. Preparation
      2. Interview 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
   C. Case Preparation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  5/24/1994

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