For an investigator, avoiding contamination of your witnesses and victims was a task that was hard enough. Now, that task has become Herculean with our interconnected social lives, 24 hour news channels and mobile technology. What do we need to do?
Mistakes at a crime scene can all too easily send an investigation off on the wrong track or lead to a vital clue being missed, but sometimes the problems run deeper than simple human error or incompetence. Sometimes a crime has been left unsolved, or the wrong person convicted, because the investigators focused on dragging out a confession from their favorite suspect, rather than actually trying to find out who committed the crime.
Probably the worst case of this kind occurred in Iceland in the 1970s. Six people were coerced into confessing to involvement in the murder of two men who had disappeared, ten months apart, on the island. The case is not just a testament to the need for proper interviewing techniques, but also a shocking insight into just how malleable our memories can be.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided on two cases today that effect the way law enforcement obtains information from cell phones: Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie. In a rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has made it perfect clear: law enforcement must obtain a search warrant if it wants to go through a suspect’s …
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 several social media platforms that investigators must learn about and new ones that are being created everyday. Here is a quick plan on how a detective squad can stay on top of it all.
Social media has not only changed the way we communicate with one another, it has changed the way law enforcement investigates criminal acts. In the midst of the social media and mobile revolution, law enforcement has found itself at a seminal moment in the investigative process. The tactics being used are still so nascent that very few departments even have policies regarding the use of social media for investigations. The fundamental question for investigators is, “with so many platforms, where do we begin?”
Police departments looking to increase their current homicide clearance rates by closing old cases is a challenge. With shrinking budgets and staff, many departments find themselves shelving old cases in order to keep up with the daily workload. Get a fresh set of eyes and a full evaluation of your cases from the cold case experts and let us discover what cases are primed for further investigation.