Write a paper involving a murder scenario. Aside from the information listed below, the details of the scenario are left to your imagination. The result should be a 1,750- to 2,100-word paper, in APA format, with at least three reliable sources to support your handling of various communication situations.
Here’s the Scenario!
As a detective with a local law enforcement department, you are one of the first to arrive at the scene of a drive-by shooting, which resulted in the death of a teenage male. The shooting occurred at a corner gas station of a low-income neighborhood. A number of witnesses approach you, including a child who was playing outside; a hearing-impaired, visually shaken man who was pumping gas at the station; and a group of young gang members, upset by their friend’s murder.
Before you get out of your car, you pause to think about communication.
? Discuss potential communication barriers that you might encounter and how you might overcome them.
You get out of your car and look around the crime scene.
? Indicate the impact your nonverbal communications may have while interacting with other officers, witnesses, and possible suspects.
You want to interview your witnesses.
? Describe the interviewing process you would follow for each witness.
? How do you go about speaking with the hearing-impaired man, the child, and the gang members?
After gathering all your information, you go back to the police department.
? Discuss the technology used throughout the investigation and in the courtroom.
? What are the ethical issues to consider?
At the office, you begin to write your report.
? Compose a report based on the who, what, when, where, why, and how information available.
After all of the information is reviewed and you have followed up on leads, you have a possible suspect for the murder. When arresting the suspect, he suddenly takes a hostage. Address the following:
? Conflict resolution
? Subsequent interrogation
? Associated legal issues
? Writing a press release
Your suspect is finally charged with murder and pleads not guilty. A trial is set, and you attend it.
Who are the key participants in this trial? Discuss credibility issues.
What role will you play in the trial, if any?