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Quoting statements in an open account: Truthful or deceptive? John E. Reid & Associates, Inc. - Interview and Interrogation Tips and Case Studies

Quoting statements in an open account: Truthful or deceptive?

During most interviews the investigator should develop an open, or narrative, account from the subject. It... - Full Story


Police in Wash. take on scalp mystery

The Associated Press PASCO, Wash. — The discovery of an apparent piece of human scalp has puzzled... - Full Story


Remote check on vehicle movement

During surveillance, you can check, unobserved, whether a vehicle has moved and returned to its usual parking space by using binoculars to note the positions of the valve stems on the wheels. Note the position of the stems and analogize them to clock-hand positions. For instance, the front tire could be at 3 o’clock and the rear tire at 6 o’clock. This could be noted as 3-6 or 3:30. The chances of the vehicle being driven and parked with the valve stems in the same position are extremely slim. The wheels of a car do move roughly in unison, but the valve stems change positions in relation to each other each time the car turns, parallel parks or hits a hole in the pavement. Try it in your parking lot with your own car and you will see that a single trip around the lot will throw the wheels out of sync. - Full Story Secure - Login Required


Old photo helps investigator solve Mass. drowning mystery

By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A treasured old photograph, a police investigator's... - Full Story


Wash. review finds cases where cops lie and weren't fired

By Lewis Kamb and Eric Nalder Seattle Post-Intelligence Investigative Reporters SEATTLE, Wash. —... - Full Story


N.Y. officers investigated in police death

The Associated Press Related: Slain N.Y. officer may have been mistaken for a suspect WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.... - Full Story


Teen plotted to hijack plane in Tenn.

By Kristin M. Hall The Associated Press Nashville, Tenn. — Authorities believe a teen accused of... - Full Story


Fla. police bust $100M retail-theft ring

By Amy L. Edwards The Orlando Sentinel LAKELAND, Fla. — A retail-theft ring headed by a Lake Mary... - Full Story


Puerto Rico, Fla. officials work closer to bust fugitives

By Walter Pacheco The Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — Puerto Rico's top police officer visited... - Full Story


Mexican police arrest Border Patrol's murderer

By Jerry Seper The Washington Times Officer Down: Senior Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar SONORA, Mexico... - Full Story

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