Basic Concepts

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Chapter 2 Introduction of Basic Concepts
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The Criminal Justice System 1. The entire criminal justice system must work together for success to be achieved 1. Law enforcement 2. Courts 3. Corrections 1. Investigations is a key component of law enforcement but it directly affects: 1. Courts (testifying, hearings, trials, etc.) 2. Corrections (assisting probation and parole agents, joint investigations, etc.)
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Crime and the Investigator Crime is a major concern in the United States and this concern is well- founded Nearly 14 million serious crimes are reported yearly to the police Even so, most crime is NOT reported to police It is estimated that 49 million crime attempts occur every year Criminal investigators can reduce crime There are theories that few people commit most crimes Investigators can identify those responsible, but they must: Be well trained Have the proper equipment Work with prosecutors to obtain convictions
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What Criminal Investigators Do A. Identify and arrest suspects B. Testify in court C. Return stolen property D. Work with victims in resolving their cases E. Without successful investigation outcomes: a. Victims of crimes may not report violations b. People feel that nothing can be done c. NOTE: Currently approximately 50% of people don t report crime because they believe: I. The police don t want to be bothered II. Nothing would come of it
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Desirable Traits of the Investigator 1. Superior reasoning ability 2. Critical thinking a. Differentiating between fact and opinion b. Determining cause-and-effect relationships c. Determining the accuracy and completeness of information presented d. Recognizing logical fallacies and faulty reasoning e. Developing inferential skills through deductive or inductive reasoning
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Desirable Traits of the Investigator ( continued ) Imagination Curiosity Intuition
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course CJUS 4346 taught by Professor Moyle during the Spring '11 term at North Texas.

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