1.1 Determine the Purpose of Different Investigations


Know how to establish the objectives and on-going feasibility of an investigation

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 1.1 Determine the purpose of different investigations

Before you commence an investigation you should first consider the information provided to you, at the outset, by the client.#

Establish the value and type of initial information provided

Types of information

  • Testimonial (e.g. oral or written information
  • Intelligence
  • Scientific
  • Exhibits (e.g. physical objects)

Identify and confirm the source and potential evidential value.

Examples of sources are:-

  • Expert (e.g. police officer, doctor, pathologist etc)
  • Professional (e.g. provided by someone in their professional capacity such as an accountant, fellow investigator etc)
  • Eye-witness (e.g. information from someone who was within sisit and sound of an occurrence)
  • Documentary (e.g. affodavots, photographs, computer print-outs, discs, etc)
  • Circumstantial (e.g. information that may support a probably conclusion but on its own cannot be substantiated)
  • Hearsay (e.g. information from a third party)

Assess and cross reference information

  • The availability of additional information that is essential to the investigation
  • Confirm and agree the objectives of hte investigation

Examples of investigations

  • Prosecution
  • Litigation
  • PRevention or loss of crime
  • Prevention or repsonse to litigation
  • Recovery of property, includnig infomraiton
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Discipline
  • Location of person or property