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Criminal Justice Technology-Latent Evidence

Latent Evidence is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology. This curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of latent evidence systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.

What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Criminal Justice-Latent Evidence Program will be able to:

  • Classify fingerprints
  • Identify fingerprints
  • Record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks
  • Process crime scenes
  • Describe the three components of the criminal justice system and explain how they interact
  • Apply ethical considerations to the decision-making process in identifiable criminal justice situations
  • Compare DNA samples
  • Produce accurate, concise, and complete police reports and related paperwork.