Career Choices in Criminal Justice

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  • Research how a crime scene investigator documents evidence in a crime scene.
  • Discuss how it is strikingly similar to APA style used by criminal justice professionals used to document sources for writing reports, articles, and papers and why it is so important to learn how to use APA style.
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      In Lott, 2010, documentation evidence is a part in proper processing of the crime scene. In documenting evidence in a crime scene, there are three methods used. The methods consist of some written notes. These notes are used in the construction of the final report. They are also used in the crime scene photographs and in a diagram or a sketch. The notes and reports are done chronologically. They are not supposed to include opinions or conclusions. The crime scene investigator only documents the evidence he sees. This should not be what he thinks because the observation is not based on the analysis of the scene. The final documentation thus tells a descriptive story. The investigator follows the procedures for their departments to write the documentation. The documentation evidence report is divided into five categories. It will include a summary, scene, processing, and evidence collected and pending. A summary includes the investigation was initiated. The scene description includes anything that is out of place. Processing section is for the investigation units to describe what the investigator did. Evidence collected will involve organization of the evidence. Pending section is for the tasks that will need to be investigated at a later date (Lott, 2010).

      It may seem counterintuitive. But writing is important to success of the criminal justice. Crime justice professionals must be able to write the crime investigation reports in the correct APA format. It is important that the crime investigators have highly developed writing skills in APA format. They should also master research writing and the citation styles for the materials documented. The importance is that it will enhance good understanding of the documented evidence since it is in the correct style (Gottschalk, 2010).


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