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The Police Investigations topic area furnishes cops with the latest news, information and strategies used in closing a case and putting bad guys behind bars. Whether you are a patrol officer arriving first on the scene or a detective searching for leads on a cold case, this touches on everything that happens between the suspect’s crimes to the final conviction.
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November 25, 2014
7 types of witnesses and how to interview them John Bowden - On Language, Communication, and Leadership

7 types of witnesses and how to interview them

Considering these seven types of witnesses before going into your investigation can maximize the results of your interviews - Full Story
November 25, 2014
Why 'Tell me why you did it' is a failed technique Louis C. Senese - Interrogation Themes

Why 'Tell me why you did it' is a failed technique

Rather than ask the suspect why he committed the crime, tell him you believe you know why he did it — and offer your theme that psychologically (not legally) justifies, rationalizes, or minimizes the conduct - Full Story
November 25, 2014
5 types of pattern evidence all investigators should know Moe Greenberg - Detective's Notebook

5 types of pattern evidence all investigators should know

While all evidence at a crime scene is important and must be considered, pattern evidence requires careful analysis — and sometimes specialized training — in order to properly interpret it - Full Story
November 24, 2014
Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Why Officer Darren Wilson wasn't indicted

A cop may use lethal force when he or she “reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's own life” and in the Ferguson incident, that’s precisely what happened - Full Story
October 30, 2014
EcoATM helps police deter phone thefts, track lost devices Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

EcoATM helps police deter phone thefts, track lost devices

Officers can retrieve all the necessary information about a stolen phone and the person who recycled it without a subpoena - Full Story
October 29, 2014
Handheld X-ray screening system safe for everyday LEO use Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Handheld X-ray screening system safe for everyday LEO use

The Backscatter Z is about 9 pounds and requires little training to use - Full Story
October 22, 2014
4 revelations from the leaked Michael Brown autopsy report Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

4 revelations from the leaked Michael Brown autopsy report

The fact that the report was leaked at all may actually be the most interesting piece of the story - Full Story
October 21, 2014
Why 'the cloud' has a thin blue lining Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Why 'the cloud' has a thin blue lining

Although still not nearly as “sexy” as what the public may see on the silver screen, police are better leveraging cloud technology for criminal investigations and crime prevention - Full Story
September 25, 2014
6 factors that tell police if a witness is credible John Bowden - On Language, Communication, and Leadership

6 factors that tell police if a witness is credible

Considering these six characteristics which affect a subject’s credibility will give you a head start on getting the best information for your case - Full Story
September 25, 2014
No witnesses? No problem: Try these 6 investigative tips Moe Greenberg - Detective's Notebook

No witnesses? No problem: Try these 6 investigative tips

It’s become more challenging to partner with citizens to obtain cooperation and glean valuable case information — here are some tactics to use when no one will step forward as a witness - Full Story



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