Review “Managing the Criminal
Investigation” in Chapter 6 of Criminal Investigation, and answer the
- Who conducts the preliminary investigation?
- How is it determined if a follow-up investigation is to
- Who conducts the follow-up investigation?
- What are solvability factors? Give an example.
- Are there any advantages to having a prosecutor present
at the crime scene during processing? If so, what are the advantages?
Explain your answer.
The preliminary investigation
is the core of the investigation. The first response officers at the scene of
the crime are the ones that conduct the investigation before they hand over to
the investigators. The first response officers hold important stake in the
investigation since the investigators conduct an in-depth investigation basing
from the preliminary investigation. The primary investigation is the one that
determines the future of any investigation and therefore it has to be
As the investigation
continues, there is determination of whether there is need for further
investigation. The determination for follow up investigation is required when
there is discovery of solvability factors. The factors include issues such
eyewitness as well as identification of suspects by name as well as location
among others. The absence of solvability factors may overcome the need for the
The follow up investigation
is the work of the criminal investigation managers. The strength of the
preliminary investigation gives the managers the power to be able to conduct
further investigations. Media can also assist in further investigation together
with other interest agencies that has mandate to conduct such investigations (Becker and Dutelle, 2013).
Solvability factors according
to the article are the factors that acts as input needed in order to make
successful. In addition, the input helps in determining the best way of
employing investigators and investigative resources for the police departments.
Examples of these factors include the questions on identification of the
suspect and the location of the suspect.
Having a prosecutor during
the crime processing is important since he or she can get first
hard-undistorted information from the scene as well as get the evidence from
the scene of crime. A prosecutor will be able to address his case better due to
the presence in the processing.
It is difficult to manage a criminal investigation. Managing criminal investigations is a time consuming
procedure, but never the less, a very important part of any investigation as
noted by Captain Michael J. Sullivan, Criminal Investigation Division, Dubuque,
Iowa, Police Department. “Once the initial stages of an investigation have been
completed, supervisors must be prepared to manage the case follow up. In many
ways, successful follow up presents a very different set of challenges for
which supervisors must prepared.” Sullivan, M. J. (1998).
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