Make your own 'luck' in cracking cases

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


06/10/2009

By Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor
— From an interview with NYPD Lieutenant (ret.) Tom Joyce

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We often talk about the fact that it’s important to “train like you fight.” A variation on that theme comes into play when you’re doing some of the more mundane tasks in police work. Every incident report, every single investigation an officer does — no matter how seemingly small or futile — is excellent practice for the “big case” you’ll inevitably one day face.

“I had a friend in NYPD who would meticulously dig deep on every case for the tiniest piece of information,” explains Tom Joyce, a retired NYPD Lieutenant. “Exhausting? Sure, but in addition to the fact that he frequently came up with stuff that could be used by other investigators, he was always refining his ability to dig, think, search, find, and ultimately, solve cases.”

Even when you’re tired, or when you ‘just know’ that the case you’re working on will be closed without a conviction, take the opportunity to find out something new about the investigative tools you’re using, or the way you do your business.

“It will pay off,” Joyce concludes.


 



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Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 750 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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