This certificate supplies the necessary skills to become investigative professionals. The course of study enables students to track down perpetrators, unravel fraud and computer-related crimes or provide assistance in missing person cases. Professional investigators are an essential resource for most law enforcement organizations. An education in criminal investigations also provides the backbone for those who wish to work within the justice department as an administrator, bailiff, private investigator, campus security or in other positions.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate investigative skills used in law enforcement and private investigation.
- Identify the ethical, procedural and statutory bases for investigations.
- Develop and manage an effective investigation plan within statutory, regulatory or organizational guidelines.
- Identify the steps of crime scene processing, documentation and summarize the procedures
for protecting the evidence and setting crime
- Describe the methods used to deal with witnesses, family members and databases.
- Describe different types of evidence and the process used to identify physical evidence.
- Summarize the protocols and techniques for handling, collecting and preserving evidence, and define the chain of custody.
- Describe the role of investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
Assess and finalize investigations, and produce an investigation report that will be defensible in court.
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (30 HRS.)
CRJS 115 Foundations of Professional
CRJS 120 Courtroom Survival for Law
CRJS 121 Report Writing for Law Enforcement (3)
CRJS 133 Introduction to Cyber Crime (3)
CRJS 135 Forensic Science I (3)
CRJS 204 The Law and the Professional
CRJS 215 Investigative Surveillance (3)
CRJS 231 Criminal Investigations (3)
CRJS 232 Crime Profiling (3)
CRJS 251 Death Investigation (3)
NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.
TOTAL 30 CREDITS