Monday, November 18, 2013
Criminal Investigation - Part Three
So in conclusion a good criminal investigator needs to be proficient at collecting and processing evidence, having a logical mind and approach and good interrogation techniques. With all the technology available now days an old investigator like myself probably would not fit into modern criminology very well. I spent considerable time researching evidence, verification of alleged facts and interviewing people to narrow down who would be suspect and preserving the chain of custody on evidence. There were other factors that helped as well - such as informants and background checks. I still believe however that having a logical thinking process and building a factual foundation over a circumstantial foundation is the best way to go. As I watch these criminal cases evolve on television and see glib attorneys build a purely circumstantial case it troubles me. Perhaps the culprit is guilty but I believe I would rather see them walk away free than get convicted on speculation and the prosecuting attorney fabricating a case. A proper investigation and building a case on solid facts leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that the person should be punished. I also don't like to see the suspect arrested years after the crime. A thorough investigation at the onset should identify all witnesses or potential witnesses and collect all available evidence.
Possibly it is the shear volume of crime now days that compels the investigator to take short cuts and move on to new cases but I do not see that as a viable excuse. I love watching the CSI shows but 'in the day' we did our own collecting of evidence without relying on others. Then again maybe now days with all the TV shows revealing how cases are solved that criminals are getting more proficient at their illegal activity. I have to admit it seemed to me that criminals were pretty dumb in most cases back in the day..What ever the reason I like to watch the crime shows for entertainment whether flawed or not.