Since homicide is a crime in which a life has been ended, it is highly important the investigation surrounding a homicide be taken seriously and be completed effectively. That is, it is critical for the investigator(s), and other branches of the investigation, to be highly trained in preserving a crime scene, as well as interpreting the evidence left at a crime scene, or surrounding the investigation. There are various techniques available to aid in the examination of a homicide crime scene, but none more importantly than what could be told be the body. The wounds that are on the body of a homicide victim, can provide valuable insight as to the circumstances surrounding the homicide. For instance, the type of wound and its location can reveal to investigators what kind of weapon was used, and if the wound could have been self-inflicted.
Crime Scene Investigating and Processing Throughout the course of this paper I am going to talk about crime scene investigating, as well as, crime scene processing. I will talk about what a crime scene is what makes it a crime scene. That happens at a crime scene, also, what to look for at a crime scene. I will talk about who is involved in processing a crime scene and when or if other jurisdictions need to be brought in. The first thing that happens when there is a crime being reported is the police are notified by the dispatcher.
Morgan Troupe Mrs. Braswell Chapter 10: Investigations Investigations are an important part of the world of policing because not only do investigations help close cases, they also help to ensure that the right people are behind bars. There can also be many different types of investigations but usually the main ones you see are crime scene investigations and criminal investigations. Crime scene investigations are where a specialist walks through a crime scene and determines what could be used as evidence, whereas a criminal investigation is where detectives follow, ask questions, and learn the crimes being done by the criminal. Detectives also sometimes do things like sting operations, decoy operations, or stakeout operations.
Crimes that FBI profilers might be acquainted include sexual assaults, homicides, kidnappings, bombings, threats, battery, and manslaughter are just some of the main points of what FBI profilers deal with on a normal basis. The action of criminal profiling goes into depth of personality of the criminal and an analysis of how the crime was committed. The profiler will considered any information from the crime scene, eyewitnesses and possible motives for the crime. FBI profilers will interview criminals to get an understanding of motives... ... middle of paper ... ...ehavior a human may cause. These types of profilers focus more on the criminals-who a person is , how that person thinks, and why a person do the things that are done (The FBI).
Being a criminal profiler is a tough job but with hard work and dedication it is a great career choice. A criminal profiler gives a description of what they think the suspect looks like and acts like. They do this by examining the scenes of where the victims were murdered and looking for clues on why the suspect did it, how they did it, what kinds of victims are being targeted, and why they chose a certain location. They find all this out by using evidence from the nature and surroundings of the crime scene (Wachtel). By doing all of this they may be able to find a motive on why the suspect did this.
It is important to understand that an investigation ultimately contributes the resolution of crimes, which also leads to the crucial process and effort in gathering evidence to accomplish the prosecution of the case. This involves in collecting different types of evidence that need to be considered, as well as, follow necessary guidelines so all evidence is impartial, relevant, material and competent. How does one begin to start a criminal investigation? Well, a crime must be committed and the first responders are patrol officers. They are the initial result in clearing out most crimes, why?
Maria Lopez English 2 Ms. Piersol February 2, 2014 Detective/Investigator/Police A detective is a police officer whose job is to identify criminals by investigating cases. When trying to solve a crime, a detective conducts a criminal investigation that seeks facts to help determine the truth about what happened and who is responsible. A career as a criminal investigator is more demanding, dangerous, and rewarding than any other job. A detective’s job is to gather, organize, and use information. To make decision complete the task, a detective needs to be smart, and physically fit.
In order to become an FBI agent you have to work in law enforcement and work in homicide or be a person’s investigator. Who would hire me with these interests that I envelop? A local law enforcement, like the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office would hire me. If I decide to move I would work at law enforcement in Washington D.C. or in Virginia which is where the BAU’s company is. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office is a growing company and their goal is to make our community safe.
I also feel that the state of mind that is required to be a successful investigator can be taught through training and experience. 3. The scientific method is the analyzation of evidence, to examine a case from every angle possible, to not give up on an investigation until all of the angles are covered and to not allow personal emotions create a bias in their mind (Osterburg 2010). A scientific method example would be when an investigator arrives to a crime scene, they would first search the area for clues and see if something doesn’t seem right. Next they would have to search for different forms of evidence, most important would be trace evidence because it can provide DNA evidence which can also link a suspect to the crime.
This evidence is send to forensic laboratories to be examined and provide the investigator with information that may help solve the case. Later on this information can be used in court, for this reason it is critical that the investigator gather the evidence properly and legally. Most police investigations begin at the scene of a crime with the first responders to the crime scene usually police officers, fire department personnel or the emergency medical personnel. Their actions of the first responders to the crime scene can help the investigation or can severely damage it. The first responder has to secure the area, assist any victim if any, arrest the suspects if any, detain all witnesses, protect the crime scene and provide information about all the movements or alteration made to the crime scene investigators or their supervisor.