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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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January 16, 2014

Competence 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 competence of the law enforcement sexual assault investigator. Therefore, the law enforcement investigator must demonstrate at all times that he/she are competent in all aspects of the sexual assault investigation and forensic interviews. Most sexual assaults are can be complex. The investigator must then obtain the necessary education, training, and experience in order to be competent in conducting a sexual assault investigation. The investigator can follow investigative protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully perform their investigative duties and responsibilities. The investigator’s credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the investigative process is not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the investigator’s competence 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 the competency of the sexual assault investigator, sexual assault investigation, and forensic interviewing.
January 16, 2014

Police chief defends response to NJ mall shooting, audio released

Tapes of 911 calls released earlier this week suggested it may have taken an ambulance 30 minutes to get to the victim.
January 16, 2014

Video: Body cam captures violent 'suicide by cop'

Body camera footage shows a tense confrontation between an Idaho officer and a knife-wielding suspect, which resulted in a fatal shooting.
January 15, 2014

Interrogation 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 interrogation process of the sexual offender. Therefore, the law enforcement investigator must perform the sexual assault investigation, identify, apprehend, and interrogation the alleged sexual offender. The investigator must then follow investigative interrogation protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully interrogate the alleged sexual offender. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the investigative interrogation process is not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the interrogation 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.
January 14, 2014

Intuition 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 law enforcement investigator’s ability to be intuitive at all times during the sexual assault investigation. Intuition is defined as “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning…we shall allow our intuition to guide us.” If a Special Assault Unit investigator understands how his/her intuition is guiding them in their pursuit of establishing if a crime did or didn’t take place, then they have a gift which others will admire and may learn from. There are many reasons an investigator should follow their intuition, but most importantly knowing when that ‘gut feeling’ is accurate and meaningful. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if they fail to act upon their intuition. If the credibility and reliability of the investigator’s intuition 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.
January 14, 2014

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.
January 14, 2014

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.
January 13, 2014

Retired Fla. officer shoots 2 over texting

An argument between couples over cellphone use led to a shooting at a movie theater.
January 13, 2014

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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