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Man in Witness Protection Murdered in California

March 11, 2008
The bullet riddled body of a man was found in a Sonoma County beach parking lot last week. Authorities say the man was a protected witness, and he was kidnapped and killed to prevent him from testifying against alleged gang members.

How to Develop Informants

August 1, 2007

Some cops could use a hug. Others could use a Huggy Bear. Like Starsky and Hutch's trusty tattletale, reliable informants provide us with a worm's eye view of their sordid social circles, a heads up on threats to officer safety, and the groundwork for search warrants. They hang in circles we wouldn't want to enter. There is no question that the access they have and the intelligence they acquire is often invaluable to law enforcement.

Working Informants

May 1, 2007

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

Right to Counsel

February 1, 2006

Law enforcement officers are quite familiar with the court-created "right" to counsel established by the Miranda opinion, to protect the Fifth Amendment trial privilege against compelled self-incrimination. But it applies only during police custodial interrogation.

Taking Gangs to Task

February 1, 2006

New York detective Ricky Smith has devoted his life to battling for control of the streets.

One Man, One Bomb

September 1, 2002

"The threat of suicide bombers in the U.S. is not an 'if' but a 'when,'" read a recent alert to law enforcement that was sent by the California Department of Justice.

Breaking and Entering

May 1, 2002

As the number of tactical teams across the nation has increased for the past several years, the number of lawsuits being brought against tactical teams has also risen dramatically.

An Investigator’s Guide to the Methamphetamine Lab

December 1, 2000

The young children watched cartoons in the living room, while in the kitchen their mother dissolved cold tablets in a jar of denatured alcohol. She had closed up the house to keep the odors inside so her neighbors wouldn't call the police.

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews

December 1, 1996

The ultimate goal of a gang investiga­tion is to find the truth. What happened? Who did it? How? As law enforcement officers, how do we arrive at the truth? What is our part in the game plan? Here are some suggestions that may be useful for patrol personnel, detectives and fol­low-up investigators when dealing with witnesses and victims of gang crimes.

 

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