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How To Conduct an Area Canvass

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

You need to do a thorough search of the area surrounding a crime scene to develop leads and solve crimes.

November 3, 2017

Arrest of Man with Sawed-Off Rifle

Arrest of Man with Sawed-Off Rifle

The New Haven (Conn.) PD has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of Joseph Donaby, following the release of citizen video. A sawed-off rifle was recovered from the suspect.

July 7, 2011

Going Door to Door

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

July 1, 2006

Perimeter Concerns

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

April 1, 2006

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews

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.  

December 1, 1996

Making a "Routine" Pedestrian Contact

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.

January 1, 1996

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