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Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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1.) Explain career opportunities in forensic and criminal investigations.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
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2.) Identify safety precautions for forensic and criminal investigators.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
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3.) Describe the history of forensic science.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
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4.) Explain criminal investigation procedures, including purpose and types.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
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5.) Describe responsibilities of various personnel involved in crime scene investigations.

Examples: police, detectives, laboratory specialists, medical examiners

•  Explaining techniques for searching, sketching, and recording data from a crime scene
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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6.) Explain ways to collect and preserve evidence from a crime scene.

•  Distinguishing between physical evidence and witness evidence
•  Comparing the three main pattern types that combine to form an individual's unique fingerprint
•  Explaining different methods of latent fingerprint development
•  Identifying origins of impressions, including footwear and tire tread
•  Describing ways to identify hair, fiber, and blood evidence
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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7.) Describe presumptive and confirmatory forensic tests.

Examples: blood type comparison, DNA testing

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
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8.) Describe the importance of genetic information to forensics.

•  Using the process of gel electrophoresis for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprinting
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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9.) Describe the decomposition process.

•  Using rigor mortis to determine corpse position
•  Describing decomposition by-products used to determine cause of death
•  Using entomological life cycles to determine time of death
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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10.) Identify the importance of skeletal remains in forensics.

•  Comparing bones and skulls based on age, sex, and race
•  Using forensic dentistry to establish identity
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
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11.) Describe general categories of drugs and poisons, including their effects on humans.

•  Explaining ways poisons are detected during autopsy
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Forensic and Criminal Investigations
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12.) Explain fingerprinting methods and identification techniques.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
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13.) Distinguish between class and individual characteristics of firearms.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
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14.) Use laws of physics to explain forensic evidence.

•  Analyzing blood splatter patterns to determine speed, height, and direction
•  Tracking trajectories of collected evidence
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (2009)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
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15.) Describe techniques used to determine the validity of forensic documents.

Examples: fiber and handwriting analysis, ink chromatography