Interview Interrogation

9 Myths about Stop, Question and Frisk Debunked

The police use of Stop, Question and Frisk, has begun a national debate. Is it being used properly and within the bounds of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Terry v. Ohio? 1. Stop, Question and Frisk is a law. No, [...]

By |2016-12-05T17:39:26-05:00May 14th, 2016|Civil Rights, Interview Interrogation, SCOTUS, Warrants|

New Guide for Child Forensic Interviewing

Child Forensic Interviewing is certainly not a new topic, but one that causes a lot of stress. The hardest job for criminal investigators are dealing with the most vulnerable in society: the very young and the very old. Investigators must have [...]

The Changing Landscape of Social Media Investigations

Social Media is Changing the Way Cases are Investigated By: Joseph Giacalone When the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Better know nothing than half-know many things,” he may have been speaking to law enforcement regarding social media investigations. Currently, there are [...]

Tabloid on Investigation Discovery Channel – 2nd Appearance

This Thursday, February 20 at 10 PM EST, I will be making my second appearance on Investigation Discovery Channel’s new show called Tabloid with host, Jerry Springer. If you have been watching the show, you already know that cases are ripped [...]

The “Can’t ID” Problem for Law Enforcement

Does an initial "Can't ID" mean never? By: Joseph Giacalone When someone at the crime scene says that they, "Can't ID," does that mean they never will? The investigator has many jobs, but one that is often overlooked is that of [...]

Kicking Around the Cold Case Files

It's time to start kicking around the cold case files. Every detective has that one case that was never solved and to this day still “haunts” them. There are many such cases in my career that I wish we could have [...]

The Search Warrant Conundrum and Crime Scenes

Search Warrants and Crime Scenes By: Joseph Giacalone There is no such thing as a “Murder Scene Exception” to obtaining a search warrant. Just because the person is dead, does not always equate to a consent search. Initially, the police can [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:22:28-05:00August 28th, 2013|Evidence, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Mistakes, SCOTUS, Warrants|

Connecticut is the Latest State to Change Eyewitness Identification Procedures

As of May 1, 2013, all police departments in the state of Connecticut will be mandated to implement new eyewitness identification procedures that are designed to prevent mis-identification and subsequently wrongful convictions. In response to the Innocence Project and other [...]

The Baseline: The First Step in Lie Detection

The Baseline: A Key Indicator to Identifying Deception Establishing a baseline is one of the most important steps in lie detection By: Joseph L. Giacalone   Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Raise your hand if you have ever been lied [...]

By |2016-12-05T09:33:25-05:00March 11th, 2013|Interview Interrogation, Witnesses|