CJ 255 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (3)
This course provides students with a comprehensive analysis of the various investigative techniques employed in modern criminal investigation. Topics include the theory and methodology of criminal investigation, as well as the legal ramifications of particular techniques used in the field that are essential to the collection of evidence and protection of the crime scene. Case illustrations are provided from crime laboratories throughout the nation, and students may have the opportunity to observe and participate in investigative procedures such as sketching crime scenes; developing and lifting latent prints, casts and molds; examining documents, and identifying firearms. Emphasis is placed on the value of various scientific aids to police and prosecutors.