JADM490 SENIOR PROJECT I
Week 2 Discussion
DQ1 IS SCIENCE ALL WE NEED TO SOLVE CRIMES?
Although television and movies depict that forensic evidence abounds at crime scenes, in a study of 400 homicide cases, only 13.5% actually had physical evidence that linked a suspect to the crime scene or the victim. Additionally, biological evidence was only present in 38% of crime scenes, latent fingerprints at only 28% of crime scenes, and DNA in just 4.5% of cases (O’Brien, 2010). Despite this reality, 75% of jurors in criminal cases expect to see forensic evidence believing it to be more reliable than police and witness testimony. Called the CSI Effect, prosecutors often call forensic scientists to testify, even if no forensic evidence was found at the crime scene.
What is the impact of the CSI Effect on the justice system? How can criminal justice professionals compete with inaccurate media depictions of crime investigations?
DQ2 PUBLIC OPINION
One of the most significant issues facing law enforcement agencies is to obtain the trust of their communities. The media repeatedly reports on every law enforcement lapse in ethics to the point that many in the community believe that all law enforcement officers are racist and combative. Law enforcement relies on the cooperation of citizens to assist them in solving crimes.
What strategies can a police agency implement to develop relationships with the local community?