As you may have guessed, I do not take law enforcement lightly, nobody should. Being a detective is not an easy occupation. You have to have nerves of steel, and not to mention profound dedication to public safety. There are a number of steps that a typical Police Detective must take in order to solve a crime. Every Detective is aware of these SOPs and follows them in one way or the other.
This is conceivably the most time consuming yet most rewarding stage of a detective’s work. Whoever masters this level could easily see himself getting out of the dark tunnel sooner than others. The research stage for a detective involves extensive street work, which means a detective has to get out there and feel the impact of the crimes committed.
He could be tracking a suspect, visiting the various crime scenes and interviewing a number of witnesses. In most cases, detectives have a small army of informants strategically spread out in the area of operations. These informants are a detective’s eyes and ears. Despite being a detective, an officer has his limitations in terms of who he can meet with and what areas he could be seen in. Informants can do all these seemingly dangerous yet essential jobs for detectives and help draw a clear picture of the circumstances.
Police primarily records the criminal activity, in some cases police catches the perpetrators, however often they are left with the aftermath of the crime and the criminal is at liberty. In both cases detectives are required to plunge in and do what they do best. If criminal is caught, a detective’s job is to carry out extensive research to help the police make a sound case against the criminal; one that could stand in the court of law. In case the evil is at liberty, detectives tend to deploy all their energies to track them and get to them by staying a step ahead.
Almost all the reputable police departments in the world have under the disposal a forensic lab, which is a crucial part of investigative operations. Perhaps the most significant discipline of modern detectives, forensics could certainly assist to decisively close a case by presenting hard evidence that no court can rule out. Forensic evidence untangles some of the most complex crimes.
No matter how clever a criminal is they always leave something behind. A dumb criminal could leave their DNA at the crime scene, whereas a clever perpetrator may leave something unknowingly, something that only a well-trained detective could find. And forensics could certainly help him achieve this by providing all the necessary assistance and technology that could widen his scope of operations. The complexity of the justice system around the world, especially in the US, demands the evidence to be conclusive and unpretentious, a forensics team could definitely achieve that.
No matter how much research a detective has carried out, unless he has some solid evidence in his hands he would be unable to prepare a robust case. Modern detectives rely heavily on the forensics and left no stone unturned to master this discipline.
Archives and Records
One of the many blessings of the modern era is that humans tend to store and archive almost everything. This could be annoying for those who are storing and maintaining them, however it’s an extremely resourceful treasure for detectives to go to, since it can help them clarify the picture.
Detectives may have to go back in the old archives to pull out previous criminal records of a criminal or even a witness to form a decision on their testimony. Post Edward Snowden, the debate on the privacy and what law enforcement could look into has been heavily scrutinized.
Although the process has now become more transparent and lengthy, detectives can still gain access to a number of archives and records after following proper protocols set out by government and other independent agencies.