Evidence and Arson
You are the training and logistics officer for the Metropolitan Arson Squad. Your position requires you to demonstrate in writing the training and equipment needed for an arson unit to successfully operate in the field while conducting arson scene investigations. Your job is extremely important because the equipment and training sessions you are responsible for will save the lives of the unit and the public.
You will explain the resources and training necessary to accomplish the mission of arson investigation in the greater metropolitan area. You will address tools and equipment for strategic needs as well as safety equipment. You will also discuss training that would support the arson crime investigative effort.
Address the following in 3?5 pages:
Describe the personal items each arson investigator should carry.
Identify at least 2 lighting types that would be necessary to use in an arson scene.
Thinking of head-to-toe protection, describe 4 critical items of safety equipment and their intended uses.
What is the minimum number of personnel at an arson scene investigation? Why is that number important? Explain.
Why is it important to be able to conduct a scientific interview? Explain in detail.
For assistance with your assignment, use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.
You are the supervisor for the Beatts City Arson Squad. It is 3:00 a.m., and the temperature is below freezing. Your unit is called to a suspicious fire scene. Your team consists of you and 3 others. Upon arrival, you discover that the fire is at the Novandon Discount Department Store. There are 6,000 of these stores in the United States, and they are very successful. This store is two stories high and has a customer elevator in the front of the store and a freight elevator in the rear.
The battalion fire chief reported to you that the crowd of onlookers braving the cold to watch the fire contains about 100 people. In addition, the battalion chief provides you with 3 plastic gas containers (3 gallons each), the type used for putting gas in lawn mowers. They all have residual amounts of what smells like gasoline in them. The spouts are attached, and the caps are off of all three cans. One of your investigators takes them as evidence.
The battalion chief related that the fire had 3 points of origin. One point of origin is upstairs in the rear warehouse section, one in the upstairs ladies? clothing department, and one downstairs in the side entrance of the store where the outdoor and garden section is located. It is clearly an arson fire. The battalion chief tells you that the fire will be under control in about 45 minutes, and he will release the scene shortly after that. You are aware, from local media sources, that this chain of stores has had employee relationship problems?specifically with gender inequality?and recently laid off 18 women for complaining.
Prepare a report on the details of the Novandon Discount Department Store arson fire. You should include the processing of evidence provided in the scenario and the processing of evidence found at the points of origin of the fire. This includes how and why you recorded the artifacts and the scene. You should include safety equipment and precautions you took during processing.
Explain your probable cause for getting a warrant for the scene.
Address the following in 5?7 pages:
What are 2 actions that can be taken pertaining to the crowd of onlookers that might help you identify the offender(s)? Explain.
What are 2 areas you would check to ensure the scene can be searched safely? Explain.
What personnel records and other business papers should you subpoena from the Novandon Discount Department Store? Explain why.
What are 3 artifacts of a fire that would indicate the heat of the fire and points of origin? Explain.
What are 2 elements of evidence you would expect to find in the scene? Explain.
How would you collect them for evidence? Explain in detail.
What is 1 method for search, other than visual, you would use to identify the presence of an accelerant? Explain the process.
What are 2 items of equipment that will be absolutely necessary to conduct the crime scene search? Explain.
Promulgate a theory, based on facts and not on emotions, on the circumstances surrounding this arson investigation. Be as creative as necessary, but support all statements accordingly.
For assistance with your assignment, use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.
You are the Chief of the District Attorney?s Investigation Team for a major metropolitan area. You budget recently allowed you to hire 16 new investigators that will be sprinkled throughout your department. While the new personnel are a blessing you realize that they have had little time as investigators and you are concerned that they be properly trained in issues of the exclusionary rule to avoid problems later on during investigations. This is a political hot potato because these are supposed to be the best investigators in the jurisdiction. You have already provided an extensive paper with your new investigators and noticed and interest they had on exceptions to the Exclusionary Rule. You have decided to provide a 4-6 page addendum to last weeks training to address some of the exceptions.
In a 4-6 page white paper to the newly assigned District Attorney Investigation Squad investigators instruction and explanation will be provided for training. Please include responses to the bulleted issues listed below. There are a number of evidence related resources that are not found in academic journals that may be utilized as references in this assignment. It is critical that when you make a statement of fact in your presentation that you cite the reference you obtained the information from in the text of the paper and that the reference is included in your reference page. As always your paper will be submitted in the APA format current edition. No abstract is required as this is a short position paper but a title page, reference page, and appropriate running header with page numbers are necessary.
Detail the concept for admissibility of plain sight evidence and the legal requirements for the investigator to invoke a plain sight seizure.
Explain how evidence that would have been found without the questionable search that violates the exclusionary rule could ultimately be admissible as evidence.
Relate how the court views investigators and realizes that human error will sometimes result in faulty paperwork. Explain how the court allows for such errors in the ?Good Faith? principle.
The student will select two of the three concepts known as dying declaration, the silver platter rule, and exigent circumstance. The student will expound on the meaning of each and why the court believes in such exceptions to constitutional requirements
The student will articulate the types of situations where it is permissible to lie to a suspect to elicit a confession. What aspects would be allowed by the court and what would be prohibited.
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