Analysis of criminal investigation report

Document Type:Thesis

Subject Area:Criminology

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A large area is properly covered when task forces are combined to work together over a certain criminal or unethical acts (Roach & Baden, 2001). The point at which the multijurisdictional investigative task force should be established. A multijurisdictional investigative task force should be considered or established when the jurisdictional area coverage of a crime scene is more than one or when criminal acts that are tied together happen in different jurisdictions (Fischer & Nickell, 1999). Under most circumstances, the task forces are not needed but should be considered before making decisions hence their value cannot be disregarded. Whenever crime scenes are more dangerous or cover larger areas, forming a task force is always the right choice (O'Hara, 2003). Usually, officers try as much as possible to avoid evidence loss but the problem is often noticed after it has occurred hence it becomes an issue.

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Also, the issue of having many agencies in an investigation might lead to people getting on each other's way (Deflem, 2006) Which Entities are involved in making the decision of creating a multi-jurisdictional investigative task force? The lead agency's chief in charge together with the other chief of the task force should be involved in the decision-making process. Since the VPD is the lead agency, hence its chief has to be involved in this scenario. The complications can only arise if there are many people who can make a decision on the formation of the investigative task force (Fischer & Nickell, 1999). Government agencies can, however, pull the rank to create the task force depending on the scope and nature of the crime for example when a terrorist attack occurs (O'hara, 2003).

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B. legal issues. Legal issues that should be taken into consideration while starting a strategy based on the investigative task force. Incorrect handling of information during investigation raises legal issues that might lead to loss of a case hence release of convicts that's why a task force investigative strategy is important. The case that is of high profile tends to have a high risk of legal issues since they include a wide range of agencies and individuals interconnected via a supply chain. The crime scene should be identified and secured until the investigator in command over the investigation arrives at the scene and releases it for documentation (Fisher, 2003). The scene is documented through sketches, photos and videos taken. The investigator in charge of the crime scene devises a plan on how the evidence will be collected.

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So as to track the evidence collection, a log should be created and the information regarding the scene of the crime, time of collection and the collecting officer recorded in the log. The collection of the most fragile evidence is done first followed by those that will have to be moved during the documentation. Ways in which evidence collection procedure at an explosive crime scene will differ from the collection at the suspect’s household. There are many ways and reasons as to why the evidence collection differs due to the safety conditions and the approvals needed to collect the information. In an explosive scene, approval from a bomb or explosive experts is needed to conduct an investigation since these scenes could potentially be dangerous due to secondary explosives or collapse.

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While conducting an investigation or collecting evidence in the house of the suspect only a courts search warrant is needed. The investigators can search and take the evidence required without lots of documentation or preservation of the crime scene(Baden & Roach,2001). Once the evidence is disregarded, the council continues pressing the charges to be dismissed due to lack of evidence. If there is another form of evidence regarding the case, the attorney can bring it forward and continue to press the charges against the suspect. The release of a guilty suspect can be the indirect consequence if the district attorney cant proves without a reasonable doubt that the suspect is guilty of the charges (Deflem, 2006). A piece of evidence being cast as inadmissible in a court of law brings doubt to the rest of the evidence collected and the investigating team as well.

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Public Information. Also, a count of the victim's details should be disclosed to enable the victim's guardians or the next of kin reach them. Community members. The same hot-line numbers on how to get in touch with the investigators or the hospital where the injured victims have been hospitalized should be given to community members so that they can provide any information that can be valuable to the investigation (Geberth, 2016). Also, it will be of great importance if the community knew the suspects last seen whereabouts, the vehicles numbers, model and color. Who the point of contact for the investigation should be and how the designation is to be decided. Simon & Schuster. Deflem, M. Europol and the policing of international terrorism: counter‐terrorism in a global perspective.

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