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CJC 201 - Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an introduction to criminal investigation procedures including theory, techniques and problems. Case preparation, investigative techniques, questioning of witnesses and suspects, and collection and preservation of evidence are studied.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Appraise court rulings and their impact on investigative procedures.
  2. Describe the need for cooperation within and between law enforcement agencies in the area of investigation.
  3. Outline the impact of court decisions on investigative methods.
  4. Describe ethical dilemmas that investigators face.
  5. Appraise the importance of comprehensive report writing.
  6. Describe modern investigative equipment and technology.
  7. Summarize the investigation process.
Listed Topics
  1. The basic functions of the investigator.
  2. Preliminary investigations vs. follow-up investigators.
  3. The cooperation required from patrol officer to investigator.
  4. The skills needed to be a successful investigator.
  5. Methods of interviewing and interrogating.
  6. The impact of court rulings and procedural law on criminal investigations.
  7. Ethics and investigations.
  8. Testifying in court.
  9. Technology and criminal investigations
Reference Materials
A contemporary text in that field.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/2/2023
Last Reviewed: 2/2/2023

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