Standard Investigations

  • Investigating the social Web

    New training helps investigators find criminals and evidence on the Internet

    Article • January 1st, 2010

  • Feet on the Ground

    You can often tell the physical condition of a subject with regard to intoxicants or medical condition.

    Article • October 15th, 2009

  • The crime scene evidence you're ignoring

    Computers and cell phones aren't the only digital devices that hold evidence

    Article • October 1st, 2009

  • Wireless crime, wireless criminals

    Investigating 802.11 networks and the people who abuse them

    Article • July 1st, 2009

  • High-Tech Stalking

    GPS devices, IP sniffers and even identity theft are used to harass victims. How do investigators get evidence to build a case?

    Article • May 1st, 2009

  • The byte stuff

    Local officers should be prepared to follow the trail of bytes criminals leave behind

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • The mobile device INVESTIGATOR'S TOOLBOX

    What works best for newbies, what requires more training, and how to tell the difference

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • ID theft nightmares

         Figuring out jurisdictional issues in cases of identity theft can be a nightmare. Many law enforcement agencies don't have the personnel to pursue these complicated cases or lack officer training in this arena. Recently, I spoke to some ID theft...

    Article • July 1st, 2008

  • Focusing on what's vital for victims

    Criminal victimization has a widespread impact, requiring extra attention and effective response strategies by agencies

    Article • June 1st, 2008

  • SHOT Show 2008

    A report for the forensic and technical investigator

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Making a Case for Better Scene Management

    What the Hanover County Sheriff's Office learned from the D.C. sniper investigation

    Article • March 1st, 2008

  • Billboards and the FBI

         Law enforcement is becoming more and more clued-in when it comes to both technology and getting the most out of private-sector relationships and nothing could be smarter. One excellent example of turning to tech to catch a thief (not to...

    Article • March 1st, 2008

  • The ACLU plays "Go Fish"

         First let me say the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) serves a useful purpose, even though I rarely agree with their take on things. For example, I believe the Washington State ACLU's opposition to an ordinance meant to give law enforcement...

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • Searchable video surveillance nabs fraudsters and robbers

         The U.S. Secret Service calls check fraud one of the greatest threats to the country's financial system. With losses of more than $5 billion per year nationally, banks are struggling to effectively and efficiently investigate fraud incidents and...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Forensic video lab ready for training, ready for duty

    The goal of pursuing excellence in a university setting is not uncommon. The University of Indianapolis (UIndy) sets itself apart from others in its partnership with the non-profit Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA...

    Article • August 15th, 2007

  • Enhance your experience.

    Thank you for your regular readership of and visits to To continue viewing content on this site, please take a few moments to fill out the form below and register on this website.

    Registration is required to help ensure your access to featured content, and to maintain control of access to content that may be sensitive in nature to law enforcement.