Oct 01, 2022  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Crime Scene Management Technical Diploma [DISCONTINUED]

[Plans are to discontinue this program beginning Fall 2015.  Students currently in the program will be allowed to graduate as long as they complete the certificate by the end of summer session 2016.]

Students who complete the Certificate of Technical Studies: Evidence Recovery Program  can apply those credits toward the Technical Diploma: Crime Scene Management. The diploma program includes criminal justice courses in interviewing and interrogation, offering testimony in legal proceedings, and writing reports. Students can also expand their knowledge of chemical, biological, and radiological evidence and learn to use computers to sketch crime scenes. They take courses that pull together all that they have learned so that they can serve as crime scene managers.

Technical Programs in Crime Scene Management

The Crime Scene Management Program focuses on crime scene investigations and the collection, preservation, packaging, transportation, and documentation of physical evidence left at the crime scene. The program is an extension of LSUE’s nationally recognized associate degree program in fire and emergency services and was also developed in conjunction with the associate degree program in criminal justice.

Professionals responding to crimes may be crime scene investigators, arson investigators, or evidence recovery technicians. Regardless of the job title, the forensic specialists handling crime scenes must be well versed in all areas of recognition, documentation, and recovery of physical evidence and must know how to preserve evidence for laboratory processing.

Students in the program learn the importance of correctly handling evidence from the outset of an investigation. An entire criminal investigation can hinge on the initial responder properly identifying and securing the scene to restrict access and prevent evidence destruction. Investigators must be able to collect both physical evidence and testimonies from witnesses to prove that a crime has been committed, to establish key elements of a crime, to link suspects to the crime, to identify a victim, and to exonerate the innocent.

All course work in the program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Additionally, course substitutions will be highly restricted and can be approved only by the Head, Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology.

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