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The Challenges of Domestic Violence Investigations

Every officer has been there: The dispatcher calls out for someone to take a domestic violence call, only to meet with silence over the radio as officers hope someone else will volunteer. A few officers coincidentally log themselves out on extra patrols, special assignments, or meal breaks. Others scramble to find something else to do that they could argue takes precedence.

Apart from a rape or decomposing body, domestic violence calls are often one of the least favorite calls for officers to handle. Domestic violence investigations are much different than any other type of police investigation. The intrinsic difficulties of domestic situations, especially recurring ones, can be stressful on officers who enjoy more clear-cut calls for service. Here are ways officers can be better prepared for these calls for service.

Careers in Forensics: Investigating Death

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.

The Era of Digital Policing: Keeping Up with a Treasure Trove of Electronic Evidence

By Leischen Stelter

Smartphones, laptops, GPS devices, tablets: Chances are you have one of these on you right now. 

Thanks to the plethora of electronic devices, nearly every move a person makes today has the potential to be digitally recorded, stored and, thus, retrievable. This boom in digital devices offers law enforcement a wealth of information for investigations, but do agencies and frontline officers have the skills and technical expertise to handle this treasure trove of digital evidence?