The Criminal Investigation Process

The process of investigating crime is a responsibility held by police and begins when a crime is detected or reported. Police have considerable powers which enable them to investigate crimes, arrest suspects and place criminal charges.

Police powers, however are not unlimited. Not every crime is reported to police and nor will police investigate every matter reported to them.

In this topic you will explore the nature of police power and how they go about investigating crime and laying criminal charges.

In groups, you will investigate various aspects of the criminal investigation process and present your research to the rest of your class through this wiki. Each page should have:
  • an outline of your topic area made using dot-points summarising key information
  • Images
  • Reference to legislation (if appropriate)
  • Reference or links to an example (case, or media article)

Use should use your text book, and the PDF chapter of Cambridge Legal Studies (on MonteNet) in addition to internet resources and media articles.

Group 1: Police powers & reporting crime

Group 2: Investigating crime: gathering evidence and use of technology

Group 3: Investigating crime: search and seizure, use of warrants

Group 4: Arrest and charge, summons, warrants

Group 5: Bail, remand & detention and interrogation, rights of suspects

At the conclusion of this task you should draft paragraph responses to the following syllabus questions, based on the material in these wiki pages:
1. Discuss the powers of the police in the criminal process
2. Examine the reporting and investigating of crime
3. Assess the effectiveness of the criminal investigation process as a means of achieving justice