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Criminal Investigations in the New Millennium:
A Community Policing Approach

by Robert Meesig

This course is designed to stimulate interest in the police criminal investigation process by presenting an overview of the subject in a listener-friendly and informative way. Robert Meesig, who retired from teaching criminal justice at Grand Valey State University in Michigan, scripted these lectures to be understood by the casual observer, as well as the experienced investigator and the aspiring academic. The course is rooted in the research literature and is amply referenced and well-cited. It provides some of the most comprehensive and current information available on the process.

It does NOT teach how to investigate. Instead, it teaches ABOUT the investigation process itself. It consists of 45 lectures ranging from five to 25 minutes in length. The lectures are divided into six modules addressing the following:

  1. Where Are We?
  2. Who Are the Detectives and What Do They Do?
  3. How Did We Get Here?
  4. Where Are We Going?
  5. Where Do We Want to Go?
  6. The Year 2084
To guide us through the modules, a handy framework is used to:
  • describe the availability of sources and information in five crime phases;
  • compare the effectiveness of various detective models (Government Spy, Classical, Bureaucrat, etc.) used over the past two centuries in dealing with crime; and
  • look into the future at a new model and the effects of forensic science and technology on criminal investigations.

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Syllabus
References

1.1 Introduction

1.2 OVERVIEW & MAJOR CRIME TRENDS

1.3 COUNTING CRIMES AND AGENCIES

1.4 THEORY

1.5 A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

1.6 POLICE TRADITIONAL INVESTIGATION

1.7 CUISC - COLLECT & USE

1.8 UCR & INTERNATIONAL MURDER RATES

1.9 CUISC - EFFECTIVENESS

1.10 CUISC - CRIME TRENDS

1.12 QUIZ & ANSWERS

2.1 WHO ARE THE DETECTIVES

2.2 WHAT DO THEY DO?

2.3 WHAT DO THEY DO? (Continued)

2.4 QUIZ & ANSWERS

3.1 SOCIAL CONTROL AND THE GOVERNMENT

3.2 THE LMPD AND THE POLITICAL ERA

3.4 FORENSICS AND THE CLASSICAL DETECTIVE #1

3.5 THE REFORM ERA AND THE INQUISITOR DETECTIVE

3.6 FORENSICS AND THE CLASSICAL DETECTIVE #2

3.7 PRIVATE DETECTIVES

3.8 PERSPECTIVES AND THE BUREAUCRATIC DETECTIVE

3.9 QUIZ AND ANSWERS

3.10 FEDERAL AGENCIES - FBI

3.11 FEDERAL AGENCIES - DEA

3.12 THE COMMUNITY POLICING ERA & THE SURVEY

3.13 THE STUDY

3.14 FORENSICES AND THE CLASSICAL DETECTIVE #3

3.15 QUIZ AND ANSWERS

4.1 9/11

4.2 FORENSICS AND THE CLASSICAL DETECTIVE #4

4.3 QUIZ

5.1 LESSONS LEARNED

5.2 CRIME & COMMUNITY POLICING

5.3 FORENSICS AND THE CLASSICAL DETECTIVE #5

5.4 THE COMMUNITY POLICING DETECTIVE

5.5 CIVVIES AGAIN - AND FINAL WORDS

5.6 QUIZ

6.1 FUTURE TECH - ID-A

6.2 FUTURE TECH - S-S & I-I

6.3 THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND PROPERTY CRIME

6.4 VIOLENT CRIMES AND TERRORISM

6.5 THE ANSWER