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Fighting Cybercrime at the Local Level

Fighting Cybercrime at the Local Level

Computer criminals can be anywhere in the world, but the victims are here, so American law enforcement has to investigate and respond. Unfortunately, most agencies don't have the tools or know-how to do so. 

November 3, 2017

Police Robots on Land and Sea

Police Robots on Land and Sea

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

December 28, 2015

Social Media: Online Investigation

Social Media: Online Investigation

Online social networks are already proving themselves invaluable assets to law enforcement. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace provide suspect leads; communities are alerted to missing children and area threats through law enforcement-generated Twitter feeds and e-mail.

October 17, 2011

Eyes on the Street

Eyes on the Street

In cases involving gang violence, get to the scene quickly, find the witnesses, and document who these witnesses are and what they say. Then if gang members do change their version of events, at least it can be explained why this person did what he or she did.

October 1, 2008

How to Develop Informants

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.

August 1, 2007

Investigating Gangs Outside the Gang Squad

Investigating Gangs Outside the Gang Squad

I remember riding with another L.A. Deputy Sheriff in an East Los Angeles gang car in 1975. To me, it was a privilege working with a special gang suppression unit, but my partner complained that he hated working gangs because it was useless. But he was wrong.

July 1, 2007

Getting Justice for Lisa

When violent crimes are committed in Boulder, they often involve UC students. One such crime was the brutal abduction and gang rape of a young woman that we'll call "Lisa."

December 1, 2003

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