Instructional Objectives for this activity:Establish credibility in desired career path in criminal justice.
Crime scene investigation is a
highly popular occupation in the criminal justice field today. The
essence of the crime scene investigator is to identify, documentation,
collect, and preserve evidence. Unlike Hollywood’s dramatic presentation
of crime scene investigation, crime scene investigators’ primary job is
to make sure all evidence is properly documented, collected, and
preserved from every crime scene. Crime scene investigators present only
facts in court, rarely or never their opinion. Only their perfectly
documented evidence is admissible. The crime scene investigator who does
not document the crime scene thoroughly will be presented in the court
room by the defense as having no integrity, perhaps compelling the judge
or the jury to question his/her credibility.
Furthermore, crime scene
investigators who do not document thoroughly are not well valued by
their peers. Colleagues will not trust individuals who do not present
reports, correspondences or other documents credibly or professionally.
Moreover, criminal justice professionals will not want to work crime
scenes with peers who lack effective verbal and non-verbal communication
skills; one potential misgiving is a fear of repercussion.
Inability to communicate or
document well is a liability to any agency. It is extremely likely that
the crime scene investigator who does not document well in APA style,
and who does not thoroughly document the crime scene, will not remain
APA style is used by all
criminal justice students at every university in the United States and
by criminal justice professionals who write articles and papers to
document where they found information. Writing credibly in APA style is
- An APA in-text citation
always contains the author’s last name only, year of publication, and
page or paragraph number, is enclosed in parentheses, and is placed
before the period at the end of the sentence, for example, (Jones, 2009,
p. 7) or (Jones, 2009, para. 1).
- An APA in-text citation
is a short version of an APA reference, which is used by the reader of
an article or paper to locate the original source for further
- An APA reference
for a regular textbook always contains the author’s last name and first
initials, the year of publication, the title of the book, the city and
state of the publisher and the name of the publisher at minimum.
Please respond to all of the following prompts:
- 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.c