1. Are you for or against capital punishment for persons convicted of first-degree murder? Is executionof murderers a deterrent to crime? Is media publicity concerning such cases a deterrent to murder? Dotelevision shows and movies showing criminal violence contribute to such crimes? Would gun-controllaws deter murder?2. An investigator is called to a murder scene by thepatrol officer at the scene. What are the duties andresponsibilities of the investigator? What activitiescan be performed jointly by the patrol officer andthe investigator? Who is in charge?3. Under what circumstances is a person justified inusing force against another person? When is a policeofficer justified in using force?4. What are your states laws regarding domestic assault? Is there a mandate or standard for arrest evenif the victim does not want to pursue charges?5. If two people become involved in a violent strugglethat seriously injures one or both of them, and if bothclaim the other started the fight, what do you do?6. What myths and prejudices have you heard aboutprosecuting rape cases? Are rape cases more difficult to prosecute than other crimes?7. A case in Oregon received wide publicity becausea husband was charged with raping his wife during a temporary separation and was acquitted.Do you agree with this verdict? If so, are there circumstances under which such a charge should besupported?8. How vigorously should sex offenses such as sodomy,indecent exposure and prostitution be investigated?Should unnatural sexual acts between consentingadults be considered criminal acts?9. In a robbery of a neighborhood grocery store, howimportant is citizen information? Should a neighborhood check be made if the incident occurredat 3 a.m.? How would you attempt to locate twowitnesses who saw the robber enter the store if theowner does not know their names? How else couldyou develop information on the robbers description,vehicle and the like?10. If a robber takes a hostage inside a building, whatare immediate considerations? If the hostage situation is not resolved in the first 15 minutes, whatmust be considered? Should a police officer offer totake the hostages place? What might you say to therobber to induce him or her to release the hostage?To surrender after releasing the hostage?11. Many people think of burglary and robbery as interchangeable terms. What is the principal differencebetween these two offenses from an investigativeviewpoint?12. Is it legal to steal back your own property if someone has stolen it from you?13. Is there a difference in the severity level of a burglaryif it is committed on an occupied residence ratherthan an unoccupied one, such as a furnished rentalproperty that currently has no tenants?14. Larceny has been called the most underreportedcrime in the United States. What factors might account for failure to report larceny? Is there a way todetermine how many larcenies actually occur whenyou consider shoplifting, bicycle thefts and minorthefts of property that victims may regard as havingbeen simply lost or misplaced?15. A man has been arrested for shoplifting and takento the police station for booking. During the searchfor this offense, the police discover several creditcards that are not issued in the name of the personarrested. What offense is involved? Is there a separate offense from the original offense of shoplifting?Can the person be tried on both offenses? Whatprocedure is necessary to prove the second charge?16. How do juvenile and professional auto thieves differwith regard to motive and type of vehicle stolen? Arethere different methods for locating each?17. Does the value of the stolen vehicle affect the chargemade? The punishment?18. Do you agree that investigating arson cases is thejoint responsibility of police and fire departments?Which department should be in charge?19. Arson has a low conviction rate. What factors makean arson investigation difficult? What factors makeprosecution difficult?20. What agencies outside the police and fire departments can assist in an arson investigation? Whowould you contact? What services could they provide?
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