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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

How To Conduct Patrol-Level Interviews

How To Conduct Patrol-Level Interviews

I have assembled some useful information specifically tailored for the patrol officer conducting interviews and interrogations during the initial investigation.

April 7, 2017

How to Investigate Lost Children

How to Investigate Lost Children

There are basically five ways children go missing: abduction by a parent, kidnapping and ransom, runaway children, predator abduction, or unexplained disappearance. Until you figure out what you have, each investigation starts off with the premise that the child has gone missing by wandering off somewhere. This article will cover common aspects of a lost child in order to help an officer with the initial investigation.

March 10, 2017

How to Investigate a Burglary

How to Investigate a Burglary

My friend used investigating burglaries as his template for training new detectives. Since his clearance rate was always above the national average, his training model likely has merit. With that in mind, here are some points to remember.

February 9, 2017

How To…Understand Your Role as an Initial Investigator
How to Deal with Witnesses

How to Deal with Witnesses

The success or failure of your investigation will depend on how you deal with witness information.

October 10, 2016

Animal Activity and the Crime Scene

Animal Activity and the Crime Scene

Recovering evidence and understanding its significance in detailing the interaction between the victim and assailant can be very challenging and can be made even more so when animals interact with the evidence.

May 4, 2016

Check on the Well-Being

Check on the Well-Being

Don't just take the call you are dispatched to at face value. You never know until you get there and see what your investigation brings up.

April 7, 2016

Case Study: A Body in New Brunswick

Case Study: A Body in New Brunswick

It would take seven more years, two first-degree murder trials, two guilty verdicts, and a multitude of appeals before David Tanasichuk was finally convicted of killing his wife. But the tireless efforts of all involved in the investigation eventually led to justice for the victim.

October 16, 2015

Missing 4-Year-old Boy

Missing 4-Year-old Boy

It's 03:50 in the morning when dispatch advises you to respond to a remotely located residence in reference to a missing 4-year-old boy. The mother had gotten up to go to the bathroom and noticed her son was not in his room and the front door was unlocked and open. She immediately called the police.

January 30, 2015

Investigating Self-Defense Homicides

Investigating Self-Defense Homicides

Contemporary laws pertaining to self-defense such as "Stand Your Ground" and the "Castle Doctrine" represent significant changes to the civil rights of Americans when it comes to defending themselves and others with deadly force. As a result, we have seen extraordinary changes in our criminal justice system. However, such laws are not without their controversy.

November 7, 2014

Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective

Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

October 21, 2014

The Hazards of Homemade Explosives

The Hazards of Homemade Explosives

Whether a department's jurisdiction lies nestled among the cornfields of rural Nebraska or in the center of a major city, homemade explosives pose a very real and growing threat. But through business community involvement and greater training and awareness, some of these threats can be stopped dead in their tracks.

June 11, 2012

Florida Detective Uncovers $15 Million Robbery Ring

Florida Detective Uncovers $15 Million Robbery Ring

Det. Brent Hoosac of the Jupiter (Fla.) Police Department was instrumental in uncovering a burglary ring that was involved in 75 high-end residential burglaries and stole approximately $15 million worth of property.

May 24, 2012

Suggestive Eyewitness ID

Suggestive Eyewitness ID

Identifying the perpetrator and clearing innocent suspects are crucial goals of every criminal investigation, and both depend on the use of reliable evidence. The Supreme Court has applied a constitutional due process test to the admissibility of testimony about an eyewitness's pretrial ID.

May 9, 2012

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