Despite what fictional crime dramas portray, violent crimes are never solved by a lone detective or a crime-sleuthing duo. Investigating violent crimes—and specifically homicides—requires extensive teamwork. AMU criminal justice professor Nicole Cain writes about the professionals involved in solving crimes including first responders, detectives, crime scene investigators, forensic scientists, medical examiners and more. Learn more about how these professionals have to work together to solve crimes.
By Jennifer Bucholtz
Working as a medico-legal death investigator for a medical examiner or coroner is not for the faint of heart. Not only is it gruesome, but it is physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. However, it is also a career that is rewarding, fascinating, and continuously educational.
Are you interested in a career as a certified fraud examiner? AMU professor Kim Miller, who is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE), discusses the importance of open-source intelligence to help with online investigations. Here are a few of the websites and online tools that fraud examiners use to investigate and locate a person suspected of fraud.
By Dr. Chuck Russo
You have arrived at the interview. You might be nervous, but if you know what to expect, you can control your nerves so they don’t control you. AMU's Dr. Chuck Russo gives police candidates' advice on how to prepare for the interview and how to shine during this part of the hiring process.
One of the most important technological advancements to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement is the use of crime mapping software, which allows agencies to track crimes occurring in a jurisdiction. By plotting what, when, and where crimes are occurring, law enforcement executives can use the resulting visual data to identify crime hotspots and use this information to allocate resources to areas of repeated criminal activity.
By Matthew Loux, criminal justice faculty member at American Military University
Every law enforcement officer must sustain mental sharpness and a high level of productivity at work. There are many opinions about ways to stay productive in the workplace, but very few address law enforcement officers specifically.