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Jeremy Nikolow

Why Do Agencies Have Reserve Officers?

In the United States, there are more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies with less than 100 sworn personnel. In order to balance community needs with fiscal constraints, many departments have turned to reserve or part-time officers to complement full-time sworn personnel. However, when something like the incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma happens—a reserve deputy sheriff fatally shot an unarmed man—it is important to consider who these reserve officers are.

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Rohypnol: A Prescription for Date Rape

Upon ingestion, Rohypnol, known as the date rape drug, produces an intoxicated state and near-immediate amnesia that can last for more than 12 hours. These side effects have made it the drug of choice for some sexual predators who, despite efforts by lawmakers and law enforcement, continue to illegally use Rohypnol to carry out date rape with little fear of getting caught. Learn more about why this club drug is so popular and why it's so difficult to detect. 

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Use of Deadly Force on Fleeing Criminals

In the last few months, the news has been filled with stories about police officers shooting and killing unarmed fleeing criminals. Is it legal for officers to take such action? Under what circumstances can officers use deadly force on a fleeing suspect? AMU criminal justice professor, Gary Minor, writes about the legal rights of police officers to use lethal force.

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Interview Strategies for Sexual Assault and Rape Investigations

In sexual assault investigations, the primary responsibilities of detectives are the physical and emotional well-being of the victim, the preservation of evidence, and the apprehension of the suspect. Such investigations are challenging because detectives must conduct an in-depth interview with the victim without causing further emotional harm. AMU professor Nicole Cain, a 14-year law enforcement officer, writes about the essential elements of the interview process.

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One Assault, Two Crime Scenes: The Challenge of Handling Sexual Assault Cases

The importance of processing a sexual assault crime scene properly cannot be emphasized enough. Sexual assault cases are actually two crime scenes—one is the location of the occurrence and the other is the body of the victim. These scenes require not only a comprehensive crime scene search, but also swift examination and questioning of the victim. AMU professor Dena Weiss, a 17-year crime scene investigator (CSI), explains the various pieces of evidence a CSI is searching for and collecting as well as how police officers can help preserve key evidence in sexual assault cases.

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Tips for Joint Investigations with Military Criminal Investigation Organizations

Conducting a sexual assault investigation can be very complex, especially when military members are involved.  While military and civilian law enforcement investigative procedures are similar, there are some very important differences in protocol and procedure. Learn more about the differences in interrogations and questioning and how to work best with military criminal investigation organizations (MCIOs) to ensure the successful prosecution of military offenders in both the military and civilian realms.

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Tips for Investigating Cases of Child Sex Abuse

Tips for Investigating Cases of Child Sex Abuse

It is difficult to determine exactly how many cases of child sexual abuse occur in the U.S. because so many cases go unreported, but it's estimated that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. As a law enforcement officer, it is important to know best practices in handling these cases including how to interview the child, what kind of evidence to collect, and the proper investigative units to contact.

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