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Learning Resources

Note:

To access this week’s library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the

Course Materials

section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Brandl, S. (2018).

Criminal investigation

(4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Chapter 9, “Information From the Public, Social Media, Information Networks, Digital Devices, and Other Sources”

“Information From Electronic Devices and Digital Evidence” (Review), pp. 260–266

Criminal Investigation

, 4th Edition by Brandl, S. Copyright 2018 by Sage Publications, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications, Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Phillips, C. (2018). The Golden State Killer investigation and the nascent field of forensic genealogy.

Forensic Science International: Genetics, 36

, 186–188.

Rossmo, D. K. (2016). Case rethinking: A protocol for reviewing criminal investigations.

Police Practice and Research

,

17

(3), 212–228.

For this Assignment, you analyze a current legal or ethical issue related to investigations and propose a way to address it.

To prepare:

Choose one of the legal or ethical issues below drawn from the course topics.

Conduct research in the Walden Library to locate

at least five

academic sources on your chosen issue.

Technology

Should law enforcement utilize whatever tools necessary until told otherwise—that is, does public safety override the law’s ability to keep up with technology?

Standardization Across Disciplines

Are the evidence collection tools and procedures the same in all jurisdictions and disciplines (e.g., hospital procedures such as nursing processes, standardization for collecting sexual assault evidence, lab procedures, etc.)?

Legal Interpretation and Development of New Laws

Proper evidence protection is the result of learning from mistakes that may have ruined evidence in the past. Mistakes are not always deliberate efforts to undermine the law.

Deception in Interrogation

Where is the line drawn between deception and acceptable tactics to establish the truth?

By Day 7

Submit a 750- to 1,250-word paper that addresses the following:

Summarize the ethical or legal issue you have chosen.

Explain how the issue has evolved over time.

Explain your position on the issue, being sure to support your position with evidence from academically appropriate sources.

Propose a process, policy, or legal change that could have short- or long-term effects to address the issue you have chosen.

Your paper must reference

at least five

academic sources.

  
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