Learning Objectives

  1. Define the criminal investigation process and the goals associated with it
  2. Describe the reactive criminal investigation process
  3. Identify the major types of undercover investigations and discuss why their use is often controversial
  4. Assess the concept of proof and the various standards of proof that are relevant to criminal investigations and the criminal justice process
  5. Discuss the role of evidence, circumstances, and investigative effort in solving crimes
  6. Evaluate the role of DNA in criminal investigations
  7. Identify and discuss the major types of evidence used to solve crimes