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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 Preserve a Crime Scene

How to Preserve a Crime Scene

It's hard to get a conviction without evidence, so preserve as much of the crime scene as possible.

September 1, 2016

How to Tell When You Need a Search Warrant

The general rule-of-thumb is to try to get a warrant whenever possible. On the other hand, if you can seize evidence without engaging in a search, you don't need either a warrant or any exception.

March 1, 2008

How to Photograph Injuries

How to Photograph Injuries

I've taught forensic photography to police officers for more than 10 years, and I always start my presentations with the notion that good photographs start even before the camera is out of the bag. You have to have the proper mindset because images documenting injuries are some of the most important photos we take.

September 1, 2007

Crime Scene Response for the Patrol Officer

Picture Perfect in the Eyes of the Court

If you're lucky enough to have an eye­witness to a crime, and your investigation leads to a possible perpetrator, getting a photo ID is often the next logical step. As with everything else you do, there's the wrong way and the court's way.

February 1, 1996

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