Criminal Justice Case Study

In order to prepare for this case study, you will need to review The Investigation of the Washington, D.C., Beltway Snipers. In your case study response, you will address the following:

  • Illustrate      the role and function of detectives in the Washington, D.C., Beltway      Sniper case as they would have occurred in the political era, the reform      era, and for the community problem-solving era.
  • Explain      the four stages of the reactive investigation process related to the      Beltway Sniper case.
  • In      just about any criminal investigation, there are mental errors (i.e.,      confirmation bias, selective information processing, and overconfidence      bias), and the Beltway Sniper case is no different. Determine how mental      errors are evident in this case.
  • In      this unit, you learned the three potential problems with evidence in      criminal investigations. What are the three problems with evidence in this      case? Explain.

Each section of your case study must be clearly labeled using the following section headings:

  • Policing      Eras
  • Reactive      Investigation Process
  • Mental      Errors
  • Problems

Your case study must be at least two pages in length, not counting the cover page and reference page. The only source you need to cite for this case study is your textbook. APA guidelines for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed.

 
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