ADMJUS 155 - Criminal Investigation - Romik Keshishi
Welcome to the College of the Canyons’, Criminal Investigation course. I have been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 23 years and I have worked variety of assignments from uniform patrol, gangs, vice, narcotics, and terrorism. I am currently a Detective assigned to the Major Crimes Division. I look forward to share with you, my law enforcement experience and expertise as an investigator. My goal is to guide you not only through the lens of a Detective trying to manage and solve complex investigations but also through the eyes of crime victims, witnesses and most importantly the evidence.
The course, introduces the basic principles and concepts in crime scene investigation as a first responder, including how to deal with the public, knowledge of crime scenes, interviews and interrogations, collection and preservation of evidence, surveillance, follow-up investigations, technical and investigative resources, and most importantly the role of the investigator in the management of crime scenes and the case preparation for criminal trials.
What to Expect in this Course
We will analyze the criminal investigative function and responsibility of law enforcement as first responders. We will analyze the legal significance of evidence collection, documentation and crime scene investigations in the criminal justice system. We will compare and contrast statutory law and case law as it relates to criminal investigations, victim and witness interviews, suspect interrogations, and their impact on the criminal justice system. We will learn the “elements of the crime” and the difference between crimes against persons and property crimes.
Note: We will be discussing difficult, troubling and challenging issues related to the criminal investigations. A plurality of viewpoints will be encouraged sometimes through the use of provocative statements that some may find disturbing. The intent is to generate thoughtful discussions and student engagement and create a safe learning experience and environment for all students regardless of individual opinions or beliefs.
Types of Assessments
You will be graded on engagement and participation in individual discussion topics, current affair journals, written exams and the “Final Challenge assignment.”
The “Final Challenge” is a research project which will be due the last week of instructions.
The details of the assignments and due dates will be made available in your Syllabus and course CANVAS.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Concepts & Applications, 6th Edition.
Publisher: Law Tech Publishing Group
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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1055