Criminal Investigation is a zero textbook cost course for the C-ID AJ140 that is licensed CC BY 4.0 except otherwise noted. It is supported by the Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium. This course examines the criminal investigation process. More specifically, the course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues involved in the investigation of crime. Students will gain an understanding of preliminary and follow up investigations, as well as interview and interrogation techniques, case documentation and court preparation.
Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Processes, Practices, and Thinking is a teaching text designed to assist the student in developing their own structured mental map of processes, practices, and thinking to conduct criminal investigations.
Delineating criminal investigation into operational descriptors of tactical-response and strategic response while using illustrations of task-skills and thinking-skills, the reader is guided into structured thinking practices. Using the graphic tools of a “Response Transition Matrix”, an “Investigative Funnel”, and the “STAIR Tool”, the reader is shown how to form their own mental map of investigative thinking that can later be articulated in support of forming their reasonable grounds to believe.