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July 30, 2015
How investigators can overcome the challenges of a phone interview Moe Greenberg - Detective's Notebook

How investigators can overcome the challenges of a phone interview

In a telephone interview, an officer or investigator can ask pointed questions, direct the interview as needed, address ambivalence and elicit as much information as possible - Full Story
July 30, 2015
How DNA technology is being used to solve property crimes Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

How DNA technology is being used to solve property crimes

Closing cases like the mystery of “the Gypsy Hill murders” makes national news, but using DNA technology has the potential to solve even ‘mundane’ crimes like property theft - Full Story
July 29, 2015
How surreptitious DNA sampling is knocking on the Supreme Court’s door Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

How surreptitious DNA sampling is knocking on the Supreme Court’s door

Know the issues so your investigative practices can shape the debate and not result in unintended consequences in the form of a SCOUTS ruling - Full Story
July 29, 2015
7 things police should consider before surreptitiously sampling DNA Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

7 things police should consider before surreptitiously sampling DNA

“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War - Full Story
July 23, 2015
Are pot arrests a waste of cops' time? P1 Community - The Question

Are pot arrests a waste of cops' time?

A question posted recently on Quora asked, “What do police officers think about legalizing drugs?”... - Full Story
July 23, 2015
How to buy a digital SLR for police investigations Lindsey J. Bertomen - Police Products

How to buy a digital SLR for police investigations

There only about a half dozen DSLR manufacturers that make a camera suitable for police investigations — not all have meet the durability and flexibility requirement - Full Story
July 23, 2015
What cops should know about processing void blood patterns Hilary Romig - On Becoming an Investigator

What cops should know about processing void blood patterns

When assessing void blood patterns, an investigator must try to determine what that missing object was, what its’ involvement in the scene was, and where the object is now located - Full Story
May 28, 2015
Why gang signs and symbols are tricky for investigators Nick Perna - Gang Investigations

Why gang signs and symbols are tricky for investigators

Gather information about gang signs and symbols from as many sources as you can manage, but know that what something means someplace else may not hold true in your jurisdiction - Full Story
May 28, 2015
Want to improve your interrogation technique? Think like a GPS Louis C. Senese - Interrogation Themes

Want to improve your interrogation technique? Think like a GPS

Observing the subject’s behavior throughout the interrogation process will allow the investigator to constantly calculate their present location and timeline to the final destination — the truth - Full Story
May 26, 2015
BLACKHAWK!'s new bag is a great tool for undercover investigators and off-duty officers Lindsey J. Bertomen - Police Products

BLACKHAWK!'s new bag is a great tool for undercover investigators and off-duty officers

The new messenger-style bag from BLACKHAWK! is spacious enough for a full-sized laptop, books, a Glock, and three extra mags — I even put a Level III panel in it - Full Story



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