Criminal Justice


Addressing: Week 1 Essay Assignment
Francine Bumpass
Everest University Online
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for CJE-1600-2
Criminal Investigations
Professor Stevie Hayes
January 16, 2016

Addressing Week 1 Essay Assignment

Three people were involved in the robbery of a local computer store- the defendant, an unknown masked accomplice who entered the store with him, and the driver of an automobile that the trio used to get away. A passerby noticed the plated of that vehicle as the robbery was in progress and reported it to the police. The vehicle was later traced and discovered to have been stolen two days before the robbery. The day after the robbery, the car was recovered and the defendant’s fingerprints were found on the passenger door panel.

What evidence is available to the police?
The evidence that is available is the camera in the store; the person could give a description of the car the make and model also the color. The passerby may be able to give the license plate number. Fingerprints could identify the person or people in the car, if they have had a prior record. (Orthmann & Hess, 2013)
What would be the best way to locate, document, and package the evidence?
Fingerprints are located and collected just like any other scene, using a powder appropriate to the surface or fingerprint tape. Packaging items is with paper or plastic bags (but plastic is best for most things). Latent cards are for fingerprints. (Orthmann & Hess, 2013)
What photos would be needed? What does it mean to provide “Identification of Photographs?
Crime scene documentation is a narrative of what the investigator did at the scene and saw. It may also include charts or video recording, photographs, a sketch of the scene. The most common evidence at any robbery these days is surveillance video. To include a caption explaining who is in the picture, when and where it...