This FREE course addresses the following issues:
- How good are we at solving crime in the US? (Hint – not so good~~)
- Who are the detectives and what do they do?
- How did we get into this situation, and why?
- What can we expect in the future?
- And just how much can forensics and technology be expected help investigations?
To find answers to these and other questions, we explore the criminal investigation process of the present, the past, and the future.
We present an overview of the subject in a listener-friendly and informative way. It is scripted to be understood by the casual observer, as well as the experienced investigator and the aspiring academic.
This 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 be an investigator. Instead, it teaches ABOUT the investigation process itself.
The course consists of about 58 lectures ranging from five to 20 minutes in length (about 12 hours total). The lectures are divided into six sections 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 sections, students will learn to use a HANDY FRAMEWORK to do the following:
1. IDENTIFY a crime problem (in terms of the phases of a crime).
2. DESCRIBE the availability of crime information and sources in each crime phase (in terms of space and time).
3. UNDERSTAND how the various detective models of the past have investigated crime (to see their strengths and weaknesses).
4. MANIPULATE what we learned to project how developments in forensics and technology, and a new detective model, can address the crime problems of the future.
There are five quizzes in the course, presenting a total of 100 questions (one point per question). Most are True-False, with some Multiple Choice thrown in.
Most of the questions are straight forward. Some are obvious (gimmes), some are a little tricky, and a few are stinkers.
The Section 1 and 2 quizzes are 20 questions each.
The Section 3 quiz is 40 questions.
The Section 4 and 5 quizzes are 10 questions each.
There is no quiz in Section 6.
Twenty more questions - watch out for these!
This one is 40 questions, so be sharp and dig in!
Only ten easy questions - how about that?
OK, OK, I'm such a softie! The quiz really isn't that much of a stinker~
Ten questions. You know all the answers already - if you/ve been paying attention - so go for it! I even threw in a "gimme."
I served 26 years as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is abbreviated as the AFOSI, or just OSI, for short. The AFOSI is the major investigations and counterintelligence agency in the United States Air Force. My overseas assignments included five years in Korea, 27 months in Vietnam, six months in Iran, and 3 ½ years at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. I served in field, command, and staff positions in AFOSI, and I retired from the Air Force in 1989 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester in NY, in 1963; a Master of Arts degree in Correctional Counseling from Chapman College in CA, in 1977; and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, in 1994. I received my Ph.D. degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 2004, and taught policing and investigation courses for six years as an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.I am presently retired.