sec431 | undergraduate

Principles Of Investigation

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Investigation of criminal activity, employment applicant backgrounds, and internal organizational security issues are an integral part of the security manager's responsibilities. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the principles and techniques of investigation.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Criminal Investigations

    • Explain the role of the security manager in criminal investigations and how this role intersects to official public safety related investigations.
    • Assess the foundational elements of crimes.
    • Evaluate methods of operation and their importance in criminal investigations.
    • Analyze the characteristics of specific criminal offense investigations.
    • Identify scientific methodologies involved in criminal investigations.
    • Identify public and private sources of information.

    Evidence Acquisition and Management

    • Explain the rules and laws related to gathering, maintaining, and presenting evidence.
    • Discuss techniques for recognizing physical evidence, as well as how to properly mark, photograph, measure, collect, and package physical evidence.
    • Describe the chain of custody and the procedures for maintaining the integrity of evidence, as well as the legal disposal of physical evidence.
    • Discuss the assessment and integration of physical evidence into the scope of the overall investigation.
    • Explain the capabilities of forensic science and the types of analyses that may be conducted to enhance the value of physical evidence.
    • Identify technologies that may assist with the identification and preservation of evidence.

    Administrative and Personnel Investigations

    • Analyze the legal and privacy issues related to administrative and personnel and security investigations.
    • Discuss the importance and nature of confidentiality in conducting administrative and personnel investigations.
    • Determine the reasons for conducting administrative and personnel investigations.
    • Identify the various outcomes that may result from administrative and personnel investigations.
    • Demonstrate research methods and intelligence-gathering techniques.

    Employment-Related Investigations

    • Identify the resources available to assist in screening applicants.
    • Identify the techniques for conducting pre-employment background investigations.
    • Assess the importance of verification of applicant information for security clearances.
    • Examine the importance and methods of investigating and documenting work-related injuries as an element of the worker's compensation claim process.

    Investigative Principles

    • Describe how to obtain, substantiate, and effectively document and present information from suspects, witnesses, investigative leads, and victims.
    • Explain how to process a crime or incident scene for physical evidence.
    • Discuss the major principles of security interviews and security interrogations.
    • Identify different surveillance and listening techniques, and understand associated legal issues.
    • Describe how to conduct undercover and sting operations.
    • Explain how to effectively present investigative findings for court or administrative review boards.
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