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Lesson #8: Overview of Serious Crime Investigations

Training Material


Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the Advanced Criminal Investigation Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School

Target group
Cadets, Law enforcement officers
South-Eastern Europe
criminal investigation, robbery, homicide, sex crimes


As a trained criminal investigator you will assume duties beyond those of a uniformed patrol officer. You will be called upon to conduct systematic and impartial investigations to discover the truth. It will be your job to find out if a crime has been committed and to find evidence to prove who committed it. Your job will be to find, protect, collect and preserve discovered evidence. You will document your actions and findings as well as ensure the maintenance of a chain of custody of evidence found. You will interview witnesses and interrogate suspects. As a professional fact finder you must maintain unquestioned integrity and impartiality in the conduct of your investigation. Your obligation to the criminal justice system is not only to provide evidence for the prosecution of the guilty, but to make available the evidence that will absolve the innocent. If you want to start a successful investigation, you will have to be able to identify and understand the elements of each criminal act that will be presented in that lesson.

The purpose of this lesson is to give an overview of those specific crimes, which will be investigated as serious crimes.

At the conclusion of this lesson, the participants will be able to:

  1. Define the criminal offence “Robbery”
  2. Explain the difference between Robbery and Theft with violence
  3. List the seven (7) cases when “theft” becomes “aggravated theft”
  4. Identify the criminal offence “Causing the General Danger” and explain its connection with fire
  5. List against whom the term of imprisonment of at least ten years shall be pronounced by the article 30 of Criminal Law
  6. Define the punishment for criminal act “Giving assistance to a minor in the commission of a criminal act of Murder”
  7. Define the term “Murder of moment”
  8. Explain the term “Murder by negligence”
  9. Explain who can commit the criminal offence “Infanticide at birth”
  10. Describe the elements of criminal act “Violation sexual Intercourse”
  11. Define the criminal offence “Compelling one to sexual intercourse”
  12. Describe possible mental states of victim of criminal offence “Sexual intercourse with helpless person”
  13. Explain the three (3) punishments of all three (3) paragraphs of article “Sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual acts a person who has not turned fourteen years of age”
  14. List at least five (5) official authorities that can commit sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual acts with a minor person
  15. Define the term “dishonorable sexual acts”
  16. Explain the term “seduction”
  17. Define the punishment for “Unnatural sexual acts between males”
  18. Explain the term “Procurer”
  19. Become familiar with current crime in Kosovo


Added on
05 Jun 2002
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Target group
Cadets, Law enforcement officers
OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Serbia
criminal investigation, robbery, homicide, sex crimes