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Editors: Allan B. Smythe
Book Description:
Dr. Albert P. Cardarelli (University of Massachusetts, Boston) and
Dr. Charles Wellford (University of Maryland, College Park) opened the conference by presenting their research to help illuminate the consequences of unsolved murders and the variables that have contributed to the decline in clearance rates. Their research revealed that the changing nature of crime, the decentralization of police departments, and the rise in gang violence have all had an impact on the effectiveness of homicide investigations. Law enforcement executives, academics, attorneys, and federal government
representatives addressed the different effective strategies that
have been developed to combat these problems, including various management and personnel decisions, videotaping suspect interviews, considering the availability of eyewitness identification options
(simultaneous lineups versus sequential lineups), DNA analysis, and
using cold case units and crime analysts to increase clearance rates. Case studies presented at the conference highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses associated with various investigation techniques. A town hall forum allowed attendees to discuss variables that contribute to an effective homicide unit. A lively discussion ensued, with participants mainly focusing on the role of science and technology, specifically how technology may at first appear to complicate the process but ultimately assists law enforcement by fostering change and improving investigational methods.

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Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1: Introduction, pp. 1-4

CHAPTER 2: Homicides and Clearance Rates, pp. 5-13

CHAPTER 3: Managing Homicide Units for Effectiveness, pp. 15-25

CHAPTER 4: Eyewitness Identification, pp. 27-43

CHAPTER 5: Videotaped Interrogations, pp. 45-59

CHAPTER 6: DNA, Crime Labs, and Law Enforcement, pp. 61-73

CHAPTER 7: Cold Case Investigations, pp. 75-85

About the Authors
About the COPS Office
About PERF

Appendix A: Conference Participants

Appendix B: External Resources and Strategies for Homicide Units

Appendix C: Guidelines for Preparing and Conducting Photo and Live Lineup Identification Procedures

Appendix D: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Eyewitness
Identification Procedures

Appendix E: Denver Police Department Standard Operating Procedure and Training Bulletin for Videotaping Interrogations

Appendix F: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Cold Case Solvability Criteria

Appendix G: Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Case Review Solvability Chart


      Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-258-3
   Status: AV
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