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1J10V Homicide Investigation Joseph CowanAC1903336 J10V Criminal Investigation Lesson 4, Assignment 4July 9, 2019 Homicide InvestigationIn this scenario, a detective has been called to the scene of a suspected homicide in an apartment building. Investigating a homicide is one of the most serious matters that law enforcement officers may handle, between collecting statements, analyzing evidence, and following numerous leads the situation can be very hectic. At the core of the investigation there are four vital steps that must be completed upon starting a homicide investigation. You must establish that a crime has been committed, gather evidence, identify suspects, and build a case for trial. These steps are the entire foundation of the investigation, and without handling them properly the consequences may be severe.Establish that a crime has been committedThe detective must first analyze the scene in order to establish that a crime has been committed. In order to do this the detective must determine the manner of death (i.e. suicide, homicide, or natural). Many crime scenes are not what they initially appear to be, through taking statements and collecting evidence a detective can determine the manner of death and if criminal investigation is necessary. For example if the deceased died due to natural causes or suicide it is merely a coroner case. If it is indeed deemed a homicide, then it must be determined under what circumstances the homicide took place; determining whether it was murder, manslaughter, or
2even justifiable. There are many variables that come into play to determine this, but it is necessary to pursue proper prosecution. Upon arrival to the scene and under any circumstance officer safety is always paramount, this being said the first thing that should always be done is secure the scene and identify any possible threats. After this it is important to speak with the initially responding officers to identify who has entered the scene and what may have been tampered with. For example if