VME 6052 CREDITS: 3
In recent years, both state and federal laws pertaining to animal cruelty have evolved significantly. Actions that were previously considered non-offenses are now being prosecuted on misdemeanor and felony levels. Because these convictions can carry significant sentences, juries expect to see the same level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that would be applied to crimes against humans.
This course is an introduction to animal crime scene investigations. The purpose of the course is to give the student an overview of procedures and protocols used when processing an animal crime scene and various types of associated evidence.
At the successful completion of this course, students will know how to approach a crime scene in a safe and cautious manner in order to minimize the loss or damage of evidence. The student will know how to properly document the scene through various methods, conduct a search of the scene, and properly collect and package evidence. The student will learn about various processing and presumptive test methods that can be utilized at the scene and gain a basic understanding of the types of laboratory testing that may be available. While the majority of forensic procedures and processes utilized on a animal scene are the same as those used on a non-animal scene, there will be specific discussion of the types of evidence that can be expected on various types of animal scenes, additional documentation that may be necessary and case studies given as example of what forensic science can offer in the prosecution of animal offenses.
|Chapter 1||History and Introduction|
|Chapter 2||Crime Laboratories and Scene Safety|
|Chapter 3||Crime Scene Procedures – Assess, Observe and Document|
|Chapter 4||Crime Scene Procedures – Unique Aspects of Processing Animal Crime Scenes and Basic Photography|
|Chapter 5||Crime Scene Processing – Search, Collection and Preservation of Evidence|
|Chapter 6||Impression Evidence|
|Chapter 7||Detection of Blood and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis|
|Chapter 8||Biological Evidence and Toxicology|
|Chapter 9||Drug Chemistry|
|Chapter 10||Trace Evidence|
|Chapter 11||Firearms and Toolmarks|
|Chapter 12||Forensic Archaeology and Osteology|
|Chapter 13||Crime Scene Reconstruction|
Measuring device, digital camera, and access to a scanner
Textbook is not required.