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You are a senior member of an arson investigation unit. You are being supported by newly assigned criminal investigators from a street crime unit, who do not have much experience in the investigation of arson crimes. These new investigators will be doing the interviewing of arson suspects. You have been asked by the agency director to provide a white paper for dissemination to the new investigators. The paper will contain the required components that differentiate arson from an accidental fire. Further, you must explain to the new investigators in the paper the various types of economic and psychological motives that exist, so they may best plan their interviews with the arson suspect. In a white paper to the newly assigned investigators, please address the bulleted tasks listed below in the assignment guidelines. There are a number of arson investigator resources that are not found in academic journals that may be utilized as references in this assignment. It is critical that when makin

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CRJS350-IP1NameClassDateProfessorArson Investigation White Paper Arson is a crime where a fire is deliberately and maliciously set by a criminal offender. There are many different motives or reasons a criminal offender purposively sets fire to property. Arson is a felony that has different degrees and accounts for a large percent of fires. When a fire is intentionally set it does not just result in the destruction of the property but in some cases results in the injury or death of a victim. In order to better understand arson and its motives the following white paper will discuss components that differentiate arson from an accidental fire and will explain the various types of economic and psychological motives involved in the committing of the arson. Elements of Proof for an Arson Fire Arson fires account for a large percentage of all fires but because arson fires can be difficult to determine or detect, the actual number of arson fires tend to be underreported (Burnette, 2013). The elements of proof in an arson investigation include first a criminal act caused the fire and evidence of the actual burning. Motive is not a necessary element but like another criminal case is helpful to proving guilt. Other elements that are not essential to the criminal investigation are opportunity of the suspect to commit the fire and the incendiary origin of the fire. In the criminal case it is necessary to understand the motive in order to show guilt as w

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