Criminal Investigation And The Crime Scene

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I am sure I am not the only one that thinks of the hit television show CSI when I hear of criminal investigations. What people probably don’t know is that the people who work as investigators are not particularly pretty people with pencil skirts, expensive suits, and a full hair and makeup team; they are law enforcers that specialize in the science aspect of solving crimes.
In 2009, Hekim stated that: Investigative police work is mostly about the “recovery, analysis and interpretation of information about criminal offenses. The investigative process of a crime consists of taking victim and witness statements, examining the crime scene, collecting physical evidence, analyzing collected material to identify the offender(s) and then presenting the information to the prosecutor (p. 1). Criminal investigators are the key element in solving crimes, they work behind the scenes to solve crimes and put offenders away. According to the class textbook, Introduction to Policing, criminal investigation is a part of the operation category of the Police Department, “[it] investigates past crimes reported the police in an effort to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of those crimes (Dempsey & Forst, 2012, p. 89).
History of Criminal Investigations The first recorded investigators were created in England by an English magistrate, Henry Fielding, during 1748 (O’Connor, 2006, para. 3). The investigators at that time were established to “take thieves” and rush to the scenes…

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