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Caught on Tape

Caught on Tape

A video analyst can examine any media containing video footage including analog sources like VHS and 8mm tapes and digital sources like CDs, DVD, digital tapes, and computer hard drives.

September 1, 2008

Working Informants

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

May 1, 2007

Picture This

Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.

May 1, 2006

The Eliminator: DNA Tech For Detectives

Every investigation is a process of elimination. When a crime has been committed it is an investigator’s job to narrow the field of possible suspects until he or she can build a case against an individual or a group of individuals.

March 1, 2005

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

How To Investigate Cybercrime

Today and every day, thousands of people worldwide are being victimized by computer crime. That’s why just about every major municipal or county law enforcement agency in the United States now has a new breed of detective: the computer crime or “cybercrime” investigator.

November 1, 2003

How to...Open a Cold Case

How to...Open a Cold Case

A few months ago, newspapers around the country covered the arrest of Gerald Mason for a murder that happened when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House. Mason was rousted out of a comfortable life in South Carolina and charged with killing two police officers in the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo, Calif. In 1957.

May 1, 2003

Adventures in Law Enforcement 2000

Whatever inspired you to become a police officer, when it comes to police work you know law enforcement has many faces.  Aside from the array of different specialties within your own department, each jurisdiction, county or state may put its own spin on these specialties.

March 1, 2000