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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.

 

Careful Planning is Key to a Sound Investigation

June 1, 1996

Getting the case to court and obtaining a favorable decision by the bench or jury is always the goal in a gang investigation. And one of the greatest assets to any case is, of course, the witnesses. How do you solicit cooperation and a commitment to testify in court from these unique wit­nesses?

Putting Out the Fire

March 1, 1996

Before you go scurrying to your training manuals to find out how some­one can be arrested for a felony when the basic crime is a misdemeanor, take a look at how San Diego (Calif.) police have managed to curb the number of domestic abuse homicides. Through an innovative domestic abuse policy, San Diego now has one of the lowest rates of domestic vio­lence homicides in the country.

Easing Investigations on the Gang Battlefield

March 1, 1996

Photos, jewelry, hairstyles and body piercing are among the obvious physical traits investigators look for when profil­ing gangs. But understanding how the members think, act and feel also can help police develop a rapport with members, and in turn, help expedite gang-related investigations.

Making a "Routine" Pedestrian Contact

January 1, 1996

Tragically, examples of police killings are no longer rare. In all too many instances, a simple request for identification and com­pliance with lawful instructions has led to the murder of a law enforcement officer.

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