1 Investigative psychology referred to by some as statistical profiling incorporates geography and behaviorism when analyzing crime scenes. This approach

1) Investigative psychology, referred to by some as statistical profiling, incorporates geography and behaviorism when analyzing crime scenes. This approach operates under the principle that the way in which a crime is committed contains characteristics that are routine to the behavior of the offender (Young, 2006).
I believe investigators/detectives have the cards stacked against them most of the time. Unless they discover early in the investigation a named suspect, then the chances of solving the crime are low. The clearance rate at my agency is around 40
% in most categories of crime except property crimes. The clearance rate for property crimes is usually lower due to the crime usually not having an eyewitness or a productive lead. Studies have shown that much of what a detective does in not needed and an investigators’ technical knowledge often does little to help solve a case. I personally disagree with those findings on the grounds that without an investigator/detective, who would be the one to spend the countless hours required to track down the minimalist of leads.
At my agency, and because we have a small department, the investigator/detective is one and the same, and that officer is me. I am the Detective/Sergeant with duties and obligations in the patrol division, and I conduct 95
% of all investigations. I do not mind the work or long hours because I enjoy the challenge, but I have to say at times it can be a little overwhelming. Even though our cases may be few, they still require the same attention and process. For example, the time-consuming cases such as sex crimes, assault crimes, or any other crime against a person, could take several weeks to months to investigate and to build the case. In my department, cases such as these may require help from other officers or a near-by agency.
Some of the pros of being an investigator/detective are having the liberty to make your own work schedule, wear civilian clothes instead of the hot and bulky uniform. Also, the availability to interact with the public on a different level, which allows them to see you as a helper, and someone who is there to try and solve the crime that has caused them such hardship (Wexler, 2018). Another attribute to a criminal investigative unit would be the balance of male and female investigators. I, unfortunately, I do not have that luxury which at times makes my job a little tougher when interviewing a female victim. Men can provide the masculine perspective to the actions of a perpetrator, while female investigators can provide the feminine perspective. Using either attribute or a combination of both can help steer the investigation toward a successful conclusion (Carney, 2003).
Some of the cons of being a detective/investigator are the long hours or the last-minute tip that an eyewitness is ready to give a statement, and you must go. Also, being the one that has to deliver very bad news to the surviving family members that their loved one has been killed, or the notification that their child has been arrested for committing a heinous crime (Carney, 2003). These are just a few of the pros and cons of being an investigator/detective that will either scare you away or draw you in. For me, it was the latter.
I have been drawn to law enforcement my entire life, especially the investigative side. To me the pros outweigh the cons. I enjoy the personal interactions with people especially when I can tell someone who has suffered a traumatic event that the person responsible has been arrested so they can see some form of justice rendered. That does not happen often but when it does it makes all those long hours and frustrating moments well worth it.
Law and Order, CSI, In the Heat of the Night, and the infamous nonfictional series The First 48 are amongst my absolute favorite television programs. While I love all types of investigative programming, homicide investigations are most interesting to me. However, actually pursuing a career as an investigator /detective does not seem attractive to me. If I had to choose what type of crimes to investigate, it would definitely be along the lines of working with the Internal Affair Bureau or
not homicide or major crimes. Dealing with major crimes
would be
too stressful for me, especially
with me already being a high blood pressure patient. Major crimes, specifically homicide cases
causes for random interruptions, long exhausting hours of work, missing vital rest and sleep, family time
and other important life events. I realize that someone has to do this job, however I will openly and honestly say that I do not think that this would interest me even with exceptional pay.
While the position of becoming a detective does seem more beneficial to many patrol officers, like everything else in the world, there is give and take. A number of
advantages mentioned in the textbook include not wearing uniforms, having regular work hours which generally include weekends off, having desks and offices, the status associated with position and rank, often times an increase in compensation, and more immunity to close supervision
in reference to the police radio and geographical perimeters (Policing: roles, styles,p. 192). I think another advantage of working as a police detective is that this position is great experience for
individuals that may have interest in starting up their own private investigation firm one day.
Though there
are numerous enticing factors to consider, detectives, specifically those assigned to major crimes, often face a major disadvantage of having heavy caseloads. Because of the large number of caseloads, detectives are generally pressed for time, stressed, and very overworked (Liederbach, Fritsch, & Womack, p. 50).
As a result of stress and being pressed for time, another disadvantage of working as a detective is possibly arresting and charging an innocent person. In an effort to meet expectations placed on them by superior officers. If, and when, detectives hurriedly solves cases without careful review and consideration of evidence, as well as counter-evidence, they
can jeopardize the actual truth for the purpose of securing a conviction. This can ultimately result in wrongful convictions (Miller, p. 22-23).
Equally dreadful, detectives are responsible for notifying next of kin in cases of
homicides (Policing: roles, styles, p. 192). This definitely has to be one of the hardest tasks on the planet no matter how many times one
delivers this devastating news, and one that I can not imagine ever having to do. To make matters worse, the probability of solving a crime dramatically lessens if detectives are not able to get solid leads on a suspect(s) during
the preliminary investigation (Policing: roles, styles, p. 192), also known as the first forty-eight.


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