Week 4 discussion 1
There must be a working relationship between police, police management,
investigators, and prosecutors in the investigation of a crime, especially in
high profile crimes. Each member of the investigation team plays an
important role. Taking this into consideration, respond to the following
Criminal investigation may be defined as,
the systematic search and collection and analysis of information with the aim
of identifying perpetrators of crime; the bringing of those before Courts to
answer charges, the compilation of the brief of evidence. It involves crime and
problem analysis, the interviewing of witnesses, victims and suspects, and
intelligence and information gathering analysis processes, preparation of the
brief of evidence and Court appearances
are decided at a pretrial hearing. “If you don’t know what happened it wasn’t
proven. If there are any questions it
wasn’t proven.” (Defense's Closing: Part 1,
2011). “It is up to you to decide with a expert as with any witness what part of
this testimony you believe or what part you don’t believe”(WESH 2 NEWS, Associated
Press, 2011). The prosecution ha a very important burden. He needs to prove
four things. Jurisdiction. venue, in court identification, The Defense attorney
has to make sure the defendant receives a fair trial. If he doesn’t it means
the defense attorney will win.
The independence of the investigator,
prosecutor and the Court is supremely important for the purposes of giving
effect to the administration of criminal justice. Each duty must not merely be
seen but fundamentally it must be objectively separate in the interests of the community.
What it the role of the primary
officer at a crime scene investigation?
What is the role of police
What is the role of further
What is the role of the prosecutor?
opinion, which team member has the most responsibility in seeing that the
investigation comes to a successful conclusion? Why? Please support your
The primary officer in the
crime scene is always the first officer to arrive at the scene after the crime
has happened. The officer has several roles to perform in the scene to ensure
that relevant information about the crime is made available. The officer
records preliminary investigation while scanning the scene to get the necessary
evidence about a specific crime. The officer has a whole mandate of ensuring
the total protection of the physical evidence (Hess and Orthmann, 2010). The
officer therefore should isolate and secure the scene to ensure no interference
with the evidence.
Police management, as any
other management has the role to organize, control as well as direct the other
officers on how to conduct certain functions. They also delegate or plan duties
as per the officers together with ensuring the officers meet their mandate.
On the other hand, the
further investigating officers have the role of reconnecting the crimes scenes
once the primary information shows that the crime needs further research to
confirm the issues that happened in the crime scene. They undertake more
research on the issues related to a crime and ensure that they perform high
level investigation that is strong enough to sustain the case in the criminal
A prosecutor on the other
hand is a criminal court officer with the mandate of presenting the case
against the offender in the court of law (Hess, Orthmann and Cho, 2010). The
prosecutor reads the case and provides the evidence to the court for judgment.
In my opinion, the primary
officer is the team member who makes the investigation become successful. He or
she secures any important evidence and is able to perform preliminary
investigation which becomes the foundation of investigation to all other
members in the team.
Every person who has remove
the evidence from its repository should b identified in in evidence logs and
evidence tags. If there is a break in the chain , it is the prosecutors job to
determine whether the break is so complete s to render the evidence inadmissible
(Becker, & Dutelle, 2013, p.477).
What you see on TV isn’t true in real life.
Press. (2011, July 4). Anthony Prosecutor: Drowning
Claim 'absurd' [Video file]. Retrieved from
Becker, R. F. & Dutelle, A. W. (2013)Criminal
investigation (4th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Defense's Closing: Part 1 [Video file]. (2011,
July 3). Retrieved from Part 1 of the defense's closing argument in the Casey
Anthony murder trial. http:youtu.be/mu/VATnlDh_8
Hess, K. M., & Orthmann, C. M. H. (2010). Criminal
investigation. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning
Hess, K. M., Orthmann, C. M. H., & Cho, H.
L. (2012). Introduction to law enforcement and criminal justice. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar/Cengage
Harvey, R. (n.d.). The independence of the prosecutor
: a police perspective. Retrieved from www.aic.gov.au/media.../harvey.pdf
Australian Institute of Criminology
can you please look this over, make any changes, and make it o I don't have a many references thanks