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Interviewing in Sexual Assault Investigations

In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. The law enforcement profession brings about situations where their contacts with individuals in their community sets-up scenarios where the investigator interviews those they come in contact with. Interviewing is taught at the basic police academy and continues into the field training program and once the investigator is assigned to patrol or the detective division. Interviewing is the backbone of law enforcement investigative protocol and procedures in order to obtain information about what transpired between the parties. If the investigator is incapable of interviewing individuals in a competent, thorough, completed, and intelligent manner, the ability to understand what took place in an event maybe compromised. Therefore, investigators need to obtain the necessary and needed education and training in order to reach a level of competence. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the interview protocol, procedure, and process are not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the interview is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of identification in a sexual assault investigation.

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Intelligence in Sexual Assault Investigations

In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. The law enforcement investigator who is assigned to the Special Assault Unit, must be able to demonstrate their level of intelligence when investigating a sexual assault allegation. Many investigators who have received minimal education and training must rely on their intuition and intelligence. If the investigator is incapable of utilizing their critical thinking skills, then determining if a crime was committed or not will become frustrating and difficult for the investigator and the parties involved in the criminal investigation. The community knows if the investigator is competent and intelligent. Therefore, investigators need to obtain as much education and training as possible and with their intuition and intelligence be capable of solving minor to complex investigations. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if they fail to demonstrate they understand the basic investigative protocols and procedures. If the credibility and reliability of the investigator is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of identification in a sexual assault investigation.

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Identification in Sexual Assault Investigations

In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. One of the major aspects of determining if a crime was committed and by whom, is the identification process of the sexual offender. Therefore, the law enforcement investigator must determine as soon as possible if the victim can identify the sexual offender. In child sexual assault cases, the victim and sexual offender generally know one another. However, in adult sexual assault cases stranger sexual assaults are common and the process of identifying the sexual offender can be complex. The investigator must then follow investigative protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully assist the victim in identifying the sexual offender. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the identification investigative process is not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the identification is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of identification in a sexual assault investigation.

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Investigative Case Action Plan (ICAP) in Sexual Assault Investigations

When being assigned to a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator should begin the assignment by creating an Investigative Case Action Plan (ICAP). An ICAP is an outline of how the investigator will approach the investigation, the tasks he/she will perform, the order of who will be interviewed, the examination, evaluation, and analyzation of evidence, criminal history of the victim, witness, and perpetrator, etc. All of these tasks need to be documented by the investigator so he/she has a check and balance list which will assist in pursuing if a crime did or didn’t take place. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the reasons and utilization of the ICAP in a sexual assault investigation.

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Bias in Sexual Assault Investigations

In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should always be neutral without biases. If bias is detected by any of the parties involved then the investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned. If the credibility and reliability of the investigation is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of biases in a sexual assault investigation.

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GE Rapid DNA Analysis

Grant Director Sarah Wilson talks with George Adams about his involvement with Rapid DNA Analysis. Adams discusses how Rapid DNA can make an officer's job more efficient by instantly identifying suspects.

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