CPD Crime Scene Management and Forensic Awareness
Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits
The commission of many criminal offences have limited ‘eye witness’ testimony for investigating officers to rely upon in their attempts to bring offenders to justice. Offences such as burglary and rape therefore rely heavily on parallel evidential opportunities including forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene, which includes the victim(s) themselves.
The continued advances in forensic science therefore provide a significant opportunity for investigators to both detect crime and prosecute those responsible.
This module aims to familiarise the student with the principles that underpin crime scene management from the perspective of the Investigating Officer (IO) and will explore the initial considerations and priorities at the early stages of an investigation. It will critically evaluate how the IO will implement and develop the investigation strategies and the opportunities available to the investigation, through the deployment of scientific and forensic experts.
After completing the module you should be able to:
- Clearly demonstrate an awareness of the principles underpinning ethical crime scene management
- Demonstrate an awareness of the initial considerations and priorities for the Investigating Officer in commissioning fast track enquiries
- Demonstrate an awareness of the considerations of the Investigating Officer in developing and implementing a forensic strategy
- Demonstrate an awareness of issues resulting from the examination of a crime scene that provide evidential opportunities and potential risks to an investigation
Teaching and learning
Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks.
Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.
The course consists of:
- 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
- 24 taught hours
- 200 learning hours
- First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
- Open to recruitment for Police Officer, Police Staff or other law enforcement agencies
- 2500 word essay based on a written scenario that will be provided, based on a set of hypothetical circumstances from which you will need to consider all aspects relating to the management of a crime scene and the associated forensic issues
- 2000 word Reflective Portfolio based on the theory of this module and linked to your management in the workplace of the crime scene element of an investigation
This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.
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