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Investigations | Abandoned Houses

Investigations | Abandoned Houses

By: CaseGuard

  Yet another overlooked element to investigations is the reporting of abandoned houses. The way law enforcement comes across abandoned houses are through a hodge-podge of third party reporting. Sometimes, a neighbor will call authorities about strange noises and disturbances at the house in question. Sometimes the municipal government acquires the house via tax liens, and notifies law...

May 21, 2018
In Memory of Chief of Police Carl G. Nelson

In Memory of Chief of Police Carl G. Nelson

By: CaseGuard

  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the...

May 14, 2018
Computer Crimes

Computer Crimes

By: CaseGuard

  A few decades ago, something happened that changed law enforcement and the way law enforcement officers investigate crimes forever. The mass proliferation of the Internet and the fact that the vast majority of Americans have access to the Internet means that the criminal element does as well. Law enforcement officers today are faced with the fact that just about every crime they investigate...

Apr 30, 2018
Proper Forensic Examination of Electronic Evidence

Proper Forensic Examination of Electronic Evidence

By: CaseGuard

  When the word “forensic” is brought up, thoughts of investigators dusting for fingerprints or collecting blood samples come to mind. In the past few decades, major changes to the way we go about our daily lives have occurred due to the introduction and subsequent prevalent proliferation of consumer electronics. The crime world has been no exception to this phenomenon. Unlike law enforcers of...

Apr 23, 2018
In Memory of Officer Juan Mafnas Santos

In Memory of Officer Juan Mafnas Santos

By: CaseGuard

  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the...

Apr 16, 2018
Evidence Disposition | from A to Z

Evidence Disposition | from A to Z

By: CaseGuard

  No matter what the crime that is being investigated is, it goes without saying that the single most important thing the investigating law enforcement officer can do in a case is to properly handle the evidence in his or her case. From the point of the initial seizure of the evidence to the point that the evidence is finally eligible for destruction, law enforcement officers must ensure that...

Apr 09, 2018
Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Case Study Conclusions

Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Case Study Conclusions

By: CaseGuard

  We’ve examined body and dash cameras from a historical perspective, as well as showing modern examples of use, as well as certain policy decisions. We intended to keep this series open-ended, and did not try to answer each and every specific question that can be brought up. But in consideration of that, what did we learn?   Police Work is Public If nothing else was evident in this series, we...

Mar 26, 2018
In Memory of Sheriff Robert Mendum Tarr

In Memory of Sheriff Robert Mendum Tarr

By: CaseGuard

  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the...

Mar 19, 2018
Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Policy, Privacy & Personal Liability

Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Policy, Privacy & Personal Liability

By: CaseGuard

  Policy and privacy is a major component that government agencies have to weigh whenever implementing a camera program. Law enforcement has very specific considerations in these endeavors because citizens are guaranteed protection against government intrusion as they conduct their daily lives, so long as they are not violating the law. But what about those instances where private citizens...

Mar 12, 2018
Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | FOIA and State Public Records Requests

Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | FOIA and State Public Records Requests

By: CaseGuard

Another element that is creating additional dialogue around the use of cameras in law enforcement, is public records requests. We will address Freedom of Information Act and State Public Records Requests. But keep in mind that State requests do vary, so we won’t spend a lot of time discussing each set of circumstances.   Freedom of Information Act In 1967, the...

Mar 05, 2018

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