Criminal Investigation Specialist

Program Overview

The Criminal Investigation Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit begins to introduce students to various careers in the rapidly growing field of forensic science. Students will gain introductory exposure to knowledge and skills that may encourage further academic preparation in careers in forensic technology in areas such as crime scene investigation, death investigation, laboratory technology, evidence technology, forensic computer science, and general forensic science or criminal justice fields.

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Occupational Curriculum (30 hours)
Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the Untied States.  Topics: include the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations;organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.
CRJU
1030
3
45
Provides an anlaysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives.  Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilitites and procedures; probabtion, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.
This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Topics include: history and philosphy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.

This course presents the fundamentals of criminal investigation.  The duties and responsibilities of the investigator both in field and in the courtyard room are highlighted.  Emphasis is placed on techniques commonly utilized by investigative personnel as well as the procedures used for investigating various crimes.

3
75

This course presents students with practical exercises dealing with investigating crime scenes and gathering various forms of physical evidence.  Emphasis is placed on crime scene assessment, search, fingerprinting, and evidence collection.  Topics include: crime scene management, evidence characteristics, identification, documentation and collections as well as techniques for developing and lifting latent fingerprints.

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law.  The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes.  Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40-Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

The origin, history and role of forensic science in the investigative process.  Philosophical, rational and practical framework that supports a case investigation will be outlined.  The unifying principles of forensic science, the rooting of forensic science in the pure sciences, and the unique ways in which a forensic scientist must think will also be discussed.  The special areas of forensic science will be explored.

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice.  Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

CRJU
2050
3
45
Introduces the procedural law of the criminal justice system which governs the series of proceedings through which government enforces substantive criminal law.  The course offers an emphasis on the laws of arrest and search and seizure; the rules of evidence, right to counsel, and the right and duties of both citizens and officers.  The course covers in depth appropriate Case Law and court rulings that dictate criminal procedures on the State and Federal Level.
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.