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UAM CJ 3613*

Criminal Investigations and Evidence

Current Term:  Fall 2014

This page will provide my Investigations students with resources aimed at helping you get the most out of the class.

One of the most useful tools on this site is my CJ Glossary.  It is still a work in progress, but I hope that it will help you better understand core criminal justice concepts and find out more information on topics that interest you.

There is no required textbook for this course.  I am assigning "government documents" that your tax dollars have already paid for.  There will also be handouts in class.  I strongly suggest a ring binder to keep up with all of your materials.

For those of you wanting to be criminal investigators, I strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of Criminal Investigation by Christine Hess Orthmann and Kären M. Hess.  The latest version costs almost $200, so I didn't make it mandatory.  You can try looking at used versions or older versions. You can get the old 9th Edition for around $10 used. Click the link to the right to check Amazon's used book prices.

Download the Fall 2014 Syllabus


Links of Interest

The following links take you to documents that you will find useful for this course and a career in criminal investigations.  They are not required within the scope of the class and will only help your grade by reinforcing what we talk about in class. 


Crime Scene Investigation Guide

Developed by crime scene experts, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide leads law enforcement through the crucial, first phase of the justice process. Free for download as a PDF or for your favorite e-reader.   This is a 2013version of the paper handout from class; it is updated and greatly expanded.

Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders, Second Edition

Digital evidence is information and data of value to an investigation that is stored on, received, or transmitted by an electronic device. This guide is intended for anyone who may encounter a crime scene involving digital evidence, everyone who processes a crime scene that includes digital evidence, everyone who supervises personnel who process digital evidence, and everyone who manages an organization that processes such crime scenes. The guide is broken down into seven distinct chapters that include (1) the types, description and potential evidence of electronic devices, (2) investigative tools and equipment, (3) securing and evaluating the scene, (4) documenting the scene, (5) evidence collection, (6) packaging, transporting, and storage of digital evidence, and (7) electronic crime and digital evidence considerations by crime category (i.e., child abuse and exploitation, counterfeiting, e-mail threats, harassment, and stalking, identity theft, prostitution, and telecommunication fraud). Glossary

A Guide to Death Scene Investigation

Local death investigators must do their best to find answers for families who have lost loved ones. Death investigation requires strict adherence to guidelines. Investigators must search for clues that identify a death as natural, suicide or homicide. In the case of homicide, investigators must carefully collect evidence to help identify suspects and convict murderers.


A Guide for Investigating Fire and Arson

This handbook is intended as a guide to recommended practices for the collection and preservation of evidence at fire/arson scenes.


A Guide for Investigating Bomb and Explosion Scenes

Bombs and other explosions can cause chaos and tragedy. First responders and investigators at these scenes must be meticulous — from arranging for emergency medical care for victims, to locating the site of the explosion, to identifying the explosives used in the bombing.


SWGDE Best Practices for Mobile Phone Forensics



Where do I find.....

My degree requirements?  Download a handy Checklist [PDF].
Dr. McKee's Email Address?  mckee@uamont.edu
Dr. McKee's phone number?  Use e-mail.
Dr. McKee's office? Memorial Classroom Building, Second Floor, Room 210. 
Blackboard and Blackboard help?  Visit UAM's Academic Computing Website.
Research Materials?  Try the UAM Library.
the mythical "Catalog" of which people speak?  The UAM Catalog is here.
the list of classes being offered next semester?  Look here.
that "WeevilNet" thingy?  Go here.
UAM Criminal Justice on Facebook?  https://www.facebook.com/UAMCriminalJustice 
the website for the national criminal justice honor society?  It is called Alpha Phi Sigma.

If you are wondering why all of the text is scrunched up in the middle, it is so that these webpages will be printable.  The rather large column to the right will be cut off some or completely, depending on your settings.

*Caveat:  This site is not owned, operated, endorsed, supported, or acknowledged by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.