CJ 202 Principles of Criminal Investigation • 5 Cr.


Presents fundamental investigative techniques used within the criminal justice system. Topics include discovery, preservation, and presentation of evidence, methods of obtaining information and developing sources, and functions of a criminal laboratory.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Conduct a basic crime scene investigation within the parameters set forth in the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution. 
  • Identify and gather evidence relevant to a criminal investigation. 
  • Use basic interrogation and interviewing techniques.
  • Maintain the chain of custody for evidence that will meet legal requirements. 
  • Apply inductive and deductive reasoning to evidence in order to reconstruct the crime scene.
  • Use the appropriate vocabulary for criminal investigations.