BYOCS Part 1: Case Information
At this point, you should be laying out the details of your crime scene and the “5 W’s” of the investigation. The case information you will submit as Part 1 will help you formulate basic questions and answers about your investigation that you will explain in detail in Part 3: Case Report. It will also allow your instructor to provide feedback on your scenario (such as whether it is “realistic” or in need of additional info) to help guide you in the right direction. See the BYOCS Guidelines in the Start Here menu for more information.
A mock supplemental police report template is available in Doc Sharing. Use this template to start compiling your case information. You may not need to fill out every item on the template as it is generic enough to be used for all types of crime scenes; however, you must complete the “Narrative” section. If you prefer not to use the template, you may complete Part 1 in paragraph format (APA-style). An example is also available in Doc Sharing.
BYOCS Part 2: Case References
In addition, be aware that while your crime scene is your “creation,” the steps you take to process the scene are based in scientific principles. As such, you will be responsible for identifying references you sought to assist you in creating this scene. In the back of your primary text, you will find the references the author used to compile the information found in the chapters. These will serve as helpful springboards for you to find references that are applicable to your created scenario. You are encouraged to begin now to consider the references you will use for your project.
BYOCS Part 2: Case References will be due by the conclusion of Module 4.