BRC 104 - Criminal Investigations Part 3 (325-343)

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This test encompasses all material from page 325 (PURSUING LEADS) to 343 (COURT PROCEDURES). It consists of 31 questions. 80% is a passing score. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The preliminary investigation focuses on......

    • A.

      Pursuing Leads and following agency policy.

    • B.

      Making an arrest

    • C.

      Re-enacting the crime scene

    • D.

      Establishing whether a crime was committed, and if so, what type.

    Correct Answer
    D. Establishing whether a crime was committed, and if so, what type.
    Explanation
    The preliminary investigation is the initial stage of a criminal investigation where the primary focus is to determine whether a crime has been committed and, if so, what type of crime it is. This involves gathering information, interviewing witnesses, examining the crime scene, and analyzing evidence to establish the facts of the case. Pursuing leads and following agency policy, making an arrest, and re-enacting the crime scene are all activities that may occur during the investigation but are not the primary focus of the preliminary investigation.

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  • 2. 

    The first steps in a follow-up investigation are....1. ________2. Reviewing information gathered during the preliminary investigation3. Pursuing leads

    • A.

      Presenting material to the State Attorney

    • B.

      Contacting the Crime Scene Investigators

    • C.

      Keeping the Supervisor informed

    • D.

      Establishing a case file

    Correct Answer
    D. Establishing a case file
    Explanation
    Establishing a case file is one of the first steps in a follow-up investigation because it helps to organize and document all the information related to the case. This includes gathering and storing evidence, recording witness statements, documenting the timeline of events, and any other relevant details. Having a case file ensures that all the information is easily accessible and can be used as a reference throughout the investigation. It also helps in maintaining a clear and organized record of the investigation, which is essential for presenting the findings to the State Attorney or other relevant parties.

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  • 3. 

    If an officer finds that he or she is missing a report or document from the preliminary investigation, he or she should......

    • A.

      Contact the agency's records section

    • B.

      Terminate the case

    • C.

      Contact a supervisor

    • D.

      Follow up on other leads

    Correct Answer
    A. Contact the agency's records section
    Explanation
    If an officer finds that he or she is missing a report or document from the preliminary investigation, it is best to contact the agency's records section. This is because the records section is responsible for maintaining and organizing all the documents and reports related to investigations. By reaching out to the records section, the officer can inquire about the missing report or document and request a copy if necessary. This ensures that all necessary information is available for the investigation to proceed smoothly.

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  • 4. 

    The ______ is the repository of all information derived from both the preliminary investigation and the follow-up investigation

    • A.

      Arrest affidavit

    • B.

      Charging document

    • C.

      Investigative case file

    • D.

      Court proceeding

    Correct Answer
    C. Investigative case file
    Explanation
    The investigative case file is the repository of all information derived from both the preliminary investigation and the follow-up investigation. It contains all the evidence, witness statements, reports, and other relevant documents gathered during the investigation. This file is crucial for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors as it provides a comprehensive record of the investigation and serves as a reference for building a case against a suspect. It is used to ensure that all necessary information is available for court proceedings and to support the decision-making process throughout the criminal justice system.

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  • 5. 

    ______ is a door-to-door inquiry of all possible sources of information for a given area.

    • A.

      Canvassing

    • B.

      Investigative Services

    • C.

      Spot Check

    • D.

      Line plotting

    Correct Answer
    A. Canvassing
    Explanation
    Canvassing is a method of gathering information by going door-to-door and surveying individuals in a specific area. It involves actively seeking out and questioning potential sources to collect data or opinions. This approach allows for a comprehensive and thorough inquiry into a particular area, ensuring that all possible sources of information are considered. Canvassing is commonly used in market research, political campaigns, and community outreach programs.

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  • 6. 

    MO is the abbreviation for _________, and means ___________.

    • A.

      Modus Operandi, mode of operation

    • B.

      Modus Operandi, method of obtaining

    • C.

      Modi Operandus, mode of operation

    • D.

      Modi Operandi, mode of operation

    Correct Answer
    A. Modus Operandi, mode of operation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Modus Operandi, mode of operation". Modus Operandi is a Latin term commonly used in criminology to refer to the characteristic method of operation or behavior of a criminal. It describes the specific techniques, habits, or patterns that a criminal uses when carrying out a crime. In this context, "mode of operation" is the most appropriate definition for MO.

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  • 7. 

    ______ is a computerized logging system in which every event reported and every instruction given by dispatch is recorded chronologically by date and time.

    • A.

      Computerized Aided Dispatch (CAD)

    • B.

      FCIC/NCIC

    • C.

      DAVID

    • D.

      CJNet

    Correct Answer
    A. Computerized Aided Dispatch (CAD)
    Explanation
    Computerized Aided Dispatch (CAD) is a computerized logging system that records every event reported and instruction given by dispatch in a chronological order, with the date and time. It is a comprehensive system that helps in managing emergency calls, dispatching resources, and tracking the status and location of responders. CAD streamlines the communication process, ensuring accurate and efficient recording of events and instructions for future reference and analysis.

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  • 8. 

    For THIS TEST ONLY, where is the NCIC headquarters located?

    • A.

      Washington, DC

    • B.

      New York, NY

    • C.

      North Miami Beach, FL

    • D.

      Williamsburg, VA

    Correct Answer
    A. Washington, DC
    Explanation
    The NCIC headquarters is located in Washington, DC.

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  • 9. 

    _____ is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and supports inquiries into out-of-state motor vehicle data files, Canadian criminal histories, weather information, etc....

    • A.

      DOPPLER

    • B.

      DAVID

    • C.

      NLETS

    • D.

      HAZMAT/PROG

    Correct Answer
    C. NLETS
    Explanation
    NLETS is the correct answer because it is an organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that supports inquiries into various types of data files, including out-of-state motor vehicle data, Canadian criminal histories, and weather information.

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  • 10. 

    _____ lists complete driver histories, vehicle histories, license pictures, and driver's license signatures.

    • A.

      FCIC

    • B.

      DAVID

    • C.

      NLETS

    • D.

      FALCON

    Correct Answer
    B. DAVID
    Explanation
    DAVID is the correct answer because it is a database system that provides comprehensive information about drivers, vehicles, licenses, and signatures. It stands for Driver and Vehicle Information Database and is commonly used by law enforcement agencies to access and manage this type of data. FCIC, NLETS, and FALCON are not specifically designed to store and retrieve the mentioned information, making them incorrect options.

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  • 11. 

    ____ are people who furnish police with information about crimes, either from a sense of civic duty or in the expectation of some personal benefit or advantage.

    • A.

      Crime Scene Witnesses

    • B.

      Law Enforcement wannabes

    • C.

      Gratuity complaints

    • D.

      Informants

    Correct Answer
    D. Informants
    Explanation
    Informants are individuals who provide the police with information about crimes. They may do so out of a sense of civic duty or in the hope of receiving some personal benefit or advantage. These individuals play a crucial role in assisting law enforcement in solving crimes and gathering evidence. Their willingness to come forward and share information can help the police in their investigations and contribute to maintaining public safety.

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  • 12. 

    True or False: Officers are required by law to attend the first appearance

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Officers are not required by law to attend the first appearance. While officers may attend the first appearance in certain cases, it is not a legal requirement for them to do so. The decision to attend the first appearance is usually based on the specific circumstances of the case and the discretion of the officer involved. Therefore, the statement that officers are required by law to attend the first appearance is false.

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  • 13. 

    The motion to suppress evidence must be made....

    • A.

      Before the defense attorney presents the defendant's defense

    • B.

      In front of a jury

    • C.

      After the defense attorney presents the defendant's defense

    • D.

      During the trial

    Correct Answer
    C. After the defense attorney presents the defendant's defense
    Explanation
    The motion to suppress evidence must be made after the defense attorney presents the defendant's defense. This is because the motion to suppress evidence is typically made when there is a legal argument that the evidence was obtained illegally or in violation of the defendant's rights. The defense attorney presents the defendant's defense during the trial, and it is at this point that they may identify any evidence that should be suppressed. Making the motion after the defense attorney presents the defense allows for a timely and appropriate consideration of the admissibility of the evidence.

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  • 14. 

    A ______ is an official court proceeding in which sworn testimony regarding the facts of the case if provided to one of the attorneys prior to trial

    • A.

      First Appearance

    • B.

      Trial

    • C.

      Mittimus

    • D.

      Deposition

    Correct Answer
    D. Deposition
    Explanation
    A deposition is an official court proceeding where sworn testimony is given by a witness or a party involved in the case, prior to the trial. It allows one of the attorneys to gather information and evidence by asking questions to the witness, under oath. This testimony can be used as evidence during the trial.

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  • 15. 

    If asked an improper question, the officer may answer:

    • A.

      "Please certify the question"

    • B.

      "Objection"

    • C.

      "Arrest the defense"

    • D.

      "The defense rests"

    Correct Answer
    A. "Please certify the question"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Please certify the question." This response suggests that the officer is asking for clarification or verification of the question being asked. It implies that the question may be improper or unclear, and the officer is requesting for it to be officially certified or validated before providing an answer.

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  • 16. 

    What is the purpose of the pretrial meeting?

    • A.

      Determine bail for the defendant

    • B.

      Give the state attorney an opportunity to clarify facts and review inconsistencies

    • C.

      Give the defense attorney an opportunity to supress the trial and/or dismiss evidence

    • D.

      Determine the defendant's sentence if convicted

    Correct Answer
    B. Give the state attorney an opportunity to clarify facts and review inconsistencies
    Explanation
    The purpose of the pretrial meeting is to give the state attorney an opportunity to clarify facts and review inconsistencies. This meeting allows the state attorney to gather all the necessary information and evidence before the trial begins. It also helps in identifying any inconsistencies in the case and allows the state attorney to address them beforehand. This helps in ensuring a fair and just trial process.

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  • 17. 

    A _____ is the examination of facts and related law presided over by a judge or magistrate

    • A.

      Pretrial meeting

    • B.

      Sentencing hearing

    • C.

      Disposition

    • D.

      Trial

    Correct Answer
    D. Trial
    Explanation
    A trial is the examination of facts and related law presided over by a judge or magistrate. During a trial, both parties present evidence and arguments to support their case, and the judge or magistrate makes a decision based on the presented information. This process is conducted in a formal setting and follows specific legal procedures to ensure a fair and impartial judgment.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following statements is true regarding testimony?

    • A.

      Testimony is classified as physical evidence if the officer is in the courtroom

    • B.

      An officer can read his or her entire report and use that as his or her statement

    • C.

      An officer's report should only be used to find specific details. Other than that, the officer should be able to testify from memory

    • D.

      Officers are supposed to relinquish all personal information when ordered to by an attorney

    Correct Answer
    C. An officer's report should only be used to find specific details. Other than that, the officer should be able to testify from memory
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that an officer's report should only be used to find specific details, and other than that, the officer should be able to testify from memory. This means that while an officer's report can provide additional information and details, the officer is expected to rely on their own memory and personal knowledge when testifying in court. The report should not be used as a substitute for the officer's testimony, but rather as a supplementary tool to support and provide specific details during the testimony.

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  • 19. 

    When a statement is made and is not recorded, the statement is made....

    • A.

      Off the record

    • B.

      In good faith

    • C.

      With good intentions

    • D.

      Admissible in court

    Correct Answer
    A. Off the record
    Explanation
    When a statement is made and is not recorded, it is considered "off the record." This means that the statement is not officially documented or included in any formal record or transcript. It is often used in journalism or legal contexts when a person wants to provide information without it being attributed to them or used as evidence. "Off the record" statements are typically meant to be confidential and not intended for public disclosure.

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  • 20. 

    When somebody makes an objection, one of two things can happen. The judge can overrrule it, or the judge can _______ it

    • A.

      Doublerule

    • B.

      Abstain

    • C.

      Sustain

    • D.

      Refrain

    Correct Answer
    C. Sustain
    Explanation
    When somebody makes an objection, one of two things can happen. The judge can overrule it, or the judge can sustain it. "Sustain" means that the judge agrees with the objection and allows it to stand, usually resulting in the exclusion of certain evidence or the dismissal of a question. This is the opposite of "overrule," which means the judge disagrees with the objection and allows the evidence or question to be presented. "Abstain" and "refrain" do not accurately describe the judge's action in response to an objection.

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  • 21. 

    The rule of sequestration states that...

    • A.

      All unruly participants will be held in "contempt of court"

    • B.

      There must be a penalty for a violation of courtroom law

    • C.

      No evidence shall be excluded if collected with good intentions

    • D.

      When the rule is in effect, the officer is not allowed to remain in the courtroom while the witness gives testimony

    Correct Answer
    D. When the rule is in effect, the officer is not allowed to remain in the courtroom while the witness gives testimony
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that when the rule of sequestration is in effect, the officer is not allowed to remain in the courtroom while the witness gives testimony. This means that during the witness's testimony, the officer must leave the courtroom to ensure that their presence does not influence or affect the witness's testimony in any way. This is done to maintain the integrity and fairness of the trial process by preventing any potential bias or intimidation.

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