U2 DB Legal Foundation of Arson Investigations Assignment

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor
to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by
responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of
the contribution to the discussion.
At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least
two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday
of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and
participation.
The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is
not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.
You are the lead investigator for a suspicious fire in an abandoned tenement property at 123 Maple Street in a rundown area of the city. You are called by the battalion chief
and fire scene commander at the active fire. Upon your arrival, the chief explains that there are pour patterns clearly indicating that an accelerant was used to start the fire on
the first floor of the four-story tenement, and he has declared it arson. While you are talking to the chief, a line captain comes from the fire and tells you that there are 2 dead
bodies in the basement of the tenement. The battalion chief calls the fire over and safe, releasing the fire scene to you. The state fire marshal has also called and advised
that because of manpower shortages, your agency has lead. You have two investigators with you who immediately ask, “Where do we start?” You must now give them the
proper legal guidance to avoid any evidentiary pitfalls.
Arson fires and, in particular, arson homicides allow for a warrantless crime scene search in most jurisdictions, but it is your experience that a warrant is always
better. Instruct your personnel in what the appropriate initiation of the investigation should be.
To avoid issues with evidence collection, what do you think should be done about the scene? Explain.
Who should be brought in immediately? Why?
Where should you look for the owner of the property? Why?
In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on at least two other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your
postings.

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