Gun violence continues to plague society, fueling the debate over which measures might curb incidents of gun-related crime. Among the most visible concerns for gun-rights proponents and detractors alike is the rise in gun crimes involving children.
School incidents, whether among grade-schoolers or college students garner focused attention from law enforcement personal, social commentators and psychological analysts; each asking the questions: “What is behind the negative gun culture among kids?”, “And how can we put an end to gun crimes committed by young members of society?”
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?”
On February 6, 2014 at 10 PM EST, I will be appearing on The Investigation Discovery Channel’s new show called, Tabloid. This will be the first of three appearances for me on Tabloid where host Jerry Springer discusses bizarre crimes that caught the attention of the media as well as the public.
This case is one of the oddest of all. Thursday’s episode details the events of a love gone wrong and a lye attack on Linda Riss, the mistress of Burt Pugach, which left her blind. What happens next, no one can explain.
The investigator has many jobs, but one that is often overlooked is that of trainer. Sometimes at the beginning of the preliminary investigation by patrol officers, they make a simple mistake that can be costly not only to the case, but for the investigator in court. We have all been assigned a complaint report for a violent street crime, such as a robbery, with the statement or “Check Off” box: Victim Can’t ID.
This statement or box is a bigger problem than you can imagine because it opens the investigator to all sorts of allegations of misconduct and manipulation. We all know that Eyewitness Identification is under attack by many, so why give them more ammunition? In many jurisdictions, like New York City, a single eyewitness ID case will not even be prosecuted (See People v. Legrand (2007)). Investigators cannot afford to rely solely on eyewitness identification.
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.