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You are an instructor for a state crime lab. It is your responsibility to start the basic training for the new candidates that upon completion of their training will report to crime scene units in their first assignments as crime scene investigators.

· Your first lesson involves explaining the 2 categories of physical evidence used for identification purposes or comparison purposes.

· Your second lesson is explaining the differences between class characteristics of physical evidence and individual characteristics of physical evidence.

· Your third and final lesson is to explain the importance of class characteristics and why their analysis can narrow the scope of the investigation for crime scene investigators.

In a 4–6-page paper, prepare your 3-part lesson plan on the instruction you would provide to new crime scene investigator candidates for the aforementioned lessons.

This Capstone class is a culmination of everything you have been exposed to at AIU, especially in your criminal justice coursework. For your Capstone project, you will select a single topic to work with through IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4 and IP5. You begin in IP1 by selecting your topic and then writing a 2-3 page paper that explains why it is a problem that needs addressing in the criminal justice system. It will be helpful to select a topic that you are passionate about because you will spend a lot of time over the next five weeks researching it. If you do not know what topic to select, then here are some ideas for you to consider:

· Racial profiling

· Forensic profiling

· Tasers and decreased injuries

· Prison job training and recidivism

· Body cameras and liability reduction

· High speed vehicle pursuits & liability

· Solitary confinement and mental health

· Gun violence / mass shootings

· Human trafficking

· Hostage negotiations / de-escalation techniques

· Drug rehab and recidivism

· Drug rehab versus incarceration

· Community policing and minority relations

· Officers’ use of excessive force in minority neighborhoods

· Insert 
your creative topic here

Your IP1 paper is a 2-3 page 

problem statement
 that discusses or brings into focus the issue(s) that you have identified. Below are some sample questions to jumpstart your creativity. You do not have to answer all of these questions:

· What is the issue? Why is it a problem? Why is it important to address this issue in the criminal justice system?

· How or why is the issue affecting the community, law enforcement, court cases, correctional operations, or parole administration?

· Does the issue increase recidivism rates? How or why?

· Is the issue adversely impacting the relationship between minorities and the criminal justice system? How or why?

· Is there a hiring issue or a training issue that needs to be addressed for criminal justice employees?

· Do laws or policies need to be created or changed to fix the identified problem(s)?

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