Criminal Investigations Exam

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CDROM CRM225 Midterm Exam 50 Questions 1 hour and 30 min. to complete

1. A crime laboratory can help in answering which of the following questions? D

a. whether a crime has been committed
b. who committed the crime
c. who could not have committed the crime
d. all of the choices are correct

2. A handgun used in a murder is recovered by a diver. Which of the following should be used to develop any latent prints? C

a. SPR
b. Amido Black
c. SuperGlue
d. Basic Yellow 40

3. After interviewing the victim of a crime and two witnesses, and examining the crime scene and the physical evidence, you use all of this information as a basis for developing a unifying and internally consistent explanation of the event. You have: C

a. used inductive reasoning.
b. committed Locard's Fallacy.
c. used deductive reasoning.
d. proceeded in an un-objective manner.

4. Autoerotic death (sexual asphyxiation) is: C

a. a murder committed by hanging the victim naked.
b. a murder committed during a rape.
c. an accidental death, usually from hanging.
d. a suicide preceded by masturbating.

5. By roughly 1850, it was clear that American cities needed reliable detectives because: D

a. graft and corruption were common in big city police departments. b. police jurisdictions were limited.
c. there was little information sharing between departments in different cities. d. all of the choices are correct.

6. Establishing the existence of a violation, obtaining probable cause for a search warrant, and preventing crime are all considered effective uses of: C

a. informants.
b. grid maps.
c. crime analysis.
d. surveillance.

7. Field notes represent the information which forms the content of the: D

a. statements.
b. follow-up investigation.
c. latent investigation
d. incident report.

8. Geoprofiling is an investigative strategy that uses locations of a series of crimes to determine the most probable area of: D

a. the next robbery.
b. the most likely escape route.
c. the location of gangs.
d. the offender's residence.

9. In 1833, _____A______ passed an ordinance creating America's first paid, daylight policing.

a. Philadelphia
b. Chicago
c. New York City
d. Baltimore

10. Incised wounds are inflicted by: D

a. blunt objects.
b. gunshots.
c. ice picks.
d. sharp-edged instruments.

11. Interrogatory questions include all of the following categories except: D

a. who
b. what
c. why
d. why not

12. Mitochondrial DNA is found in: B

a. Rhesus monkeys.
b. the body of the cell.
c. females who have had babies recently.
d. blood.

13. Questions that must be answered by an investigative supervisor in determining whether or not to move forward on an investigation are referred to as: A

a. clearance factors.
b. solvability factors.
c. solution factors.
d. ration factors.

14. Since 1999 law enforcement agencies have begun to access the FBI's new national on-line fingerprint and criminal history databases called: A

a. AFIS.
b. NOLFS.
c. IAFS.
d. IAFIS.

15. Skeletal, burned, or mutilated remains can best be identified by: C

a. carbon dating.
b. fingerprints.
c. the use of dental records.
d. combinations of physical and circumstantial evidence.

16. Soil comparisons can determine whether soils share a common origin by comparing each of the following except: B

a. color.
b. amount.
c. texture.
d. composition.

17. Supplementary reports...
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