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Strong Teamwork Needed to Solve Violent Crimes

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.

Coping with the Stress of Police Work

Police respond to a variety of difficult events, which can create a roller coaster of emotions. Research shows that officers who don't manage their stress are prone to burnout, poor judgment, substance abuse, divorce, and suicide. Here are ways officers can look after their physical and mental health.

Law Enforcement Veterans Share Expertise for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, American Military University (AMU) faculty and staff members who have extensive careers and expertise in law enforcement will share research as well as first-hand experiences regarding investigative practices. The goal is to help agencies and officers across the country ensure that those who commit sexual crimes are held accountable. 

Case Analysis: The Teamwork Involved in Catching a Serial Burglar in Florida

By Nicole Cain M.S., full-time faculty member at American Military University

Conducting a criminal investigation is a team effort—no crime is solved by just one person. Such investigations involve many people including crime scene technicians, crime analysts, patrol officers, confidential informants, citizens and others. Detectives must also utilize multiple resources and tools to help them solve a crime.

The Ongoing Debate About Collecting DNA After An Arrest, But Before A Conviction

By Nicole Cain M.S., full-time faculty member at American Military University

Does the collection of DNA samples from those arrested for specific offenses—but not convicted—encroach on the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizures or is it an effective investigative tool?

The goal of criminal investigators is to identify and apprehend criminal offenders.