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Major case management : a guide for law enforcement managers

Author: Daniel S McDevitt
Publisher: Springfield, Ill. : Charles C. Thomas, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Managing a major case is among the most challenging managerial functions that anyone in law enforcement can perform, and there are numerous pitfalls to avoid. It is the goal of this book to provide law enforcement managers with the necessary tools and strategies they can use in managing their next major case. Many of these strategies were learned through trial and error. It begins with a look at the various elements  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel S McDevitt
ISBN: 9780398078744 0398078742 9780398078751 0398078750
OCLC Number: 301893295
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 254 pages ; 27 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Major Cases: General Overview --
Ch. 2. Types of Major Cases and Obstacles to Success --
Ch. 3. The Use of Task Forces in Major Case Investigations --
Ch. 4. Major Case Management Planning and Organization --
Ch. 5. Effective Management Strategies --
Ch. 6. . Information Management --
Ch. 7. Sources of Information and Victim/Witness Issues --
Ch. 8. Personnel Management --
Ch. 9. Administrative and Logistical Considerations --
Ch. 10. Non-Homicide Major Case Obstacles --
Ch. 11. Major Case Media Strategies --
Ch. 12. Liaisons, Pre-Planning, After Action Critiques --
Appendix 1. Intergovermental Agreement --
Major Crimes Task Force --
Appendix 2. By-laws of the Major Crimes Task Force --
Appendix 3. Major Case Management Planning Checklist --
Appendix 4. Lead Sheet --
Appendix 5. Master Lead Sheet --
Appendix 6. Lead Assignment Control Log --
Appendix 7. Investigative Summary Report --
Appendix 8. Investigative Summary Report (Completed) --
Appendix 9. Intelligence Report --
Appendix 10. Major Case After Action Critique.
Responsibility: by Daniel S. McDevitt.

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Managing a major case is among the most challenging managerial functions that anyone in law enforcement can perform, and there are numerous pitfalls to avoid. It is the goal of this book to provide law enforcement managers with the necessary tools and strategies they can use in managing their next major case. Many of these strategies were learned through trial and error. It begins with a look at the various elements of the investigative process. Organization of the investigative unit, whether it is a general assignment or highly specialized unit, is discussed as well as how to determine proper allocation of resources. Selection of investigative personnel is discussed at length, and selection strategies and a structured selection process are outlined very clearly. Methods of developing new investigators and mechanisms to train personnel for potential assignment are also covered. Each chapter critically examines the types of major cases and obstacles to success, the use of task forces, major case management planning, effective management strategies, information management, personnel management, sources of information including victim and witness issues, administrative and logistical considerations, non-homicide major case obstacles, media strategies, liaisons, pre-planning, and after-action critiques. This book contains a number of case studies, which will highlight both the good and the bad decisions taken on a variety of major cases in a variety of settings. Additionally, the appendices contain a wealth of information regarding model forms an intergovernmental agreement for a major crimes task force, by-laws of the major crimes task force, major case management planning checklist, a lead sheet and lead assignment control log, investigative summary report, intelligence report, major case after-action critique, concluding with a general overview. This book will address many skills and strategies to better prepare law enforcement professionals to successfully meet the challenges of managing major case investigations.

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