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CJS 250 Law & Theory Crim Investigat

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the nature and purpose of criminal investigations and the quest to reconstruct the past and seek the truth. It will help the student develop an analytical understanding of the investigative process through an introduction to, and an examination of, the theories, concepts and terminology utilized in basic investigatory functions and evidentiary techniques. Topics included will be a discussion of the various methods of evidence gathering, crime scene preservation, the interview and interrogation of witnesses and suspects, the identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence, the use of informants, and the techniques involved in surveillance and special investigations. A strong emphasis will be placed on the critical legal issues involved in searches and seizures and the obtaining of admissions and confessions. Significant attention will be given to the ramifications of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments to the United States' Constitution upon the investigatory and evidentiary gathering process, as well as an examination of landmark case law interpreting those constitutional safeguards.Fall, Spring