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Agnieszka Kucharska
How to successfully solve serial murder cases – ideas and discussion – Crimestoppers – key facts report.

The most important issues, factors regarding process of searching for ‘most wanted’ are shoved below: •Identification of a Serial Murder Series
Leadership
Task Force Organization
Resource Augmentation
Communication
Data Management
Analytical Tools
Medical Examiners/Coroners
Administrative Issues
Training
‘Cameleon’ effect

Historically, the first indication that a serial murderer was at work was when two or more cases were linked by forensic or behavioural evidence. Identifying a homicide series is easier in rapidly-developing, high profile cases involving low risk victims. These cases are reported to law enforcement upon discovery of the crimes and draw immediate media attention. In contrast, identifying a series involving high risk victims in multiple jurisdictions is much more difficult. This is primarily due to the high risk lifestyle and transitory nature of the victims. Additionally, the lack of communication between law enforcement agencies and differing records management systems impede the linkage of cases to a common offender. Leadership

High profile investigations present a multitude of leadership challenges for law enforcement, from investigators to police executives. Law enforcement personnel may face external pressures from political entities, victims’ families, and the media. Collectively, strong management throughout the chain of command must continually reinforce the supreme goal of the investigation: To arrest and prosecute the offender. The roles of both investigators and supervisors are clearly delineated. The investigative function is the primary mission, and all other activities are in support of that mission. In serial murder cases, the actual investigation should be directed by competent, homicide investigators, who have the experience to direct and focus the investigative process. Law enforcement administrators should not run the investigation but rather ensure that the investigators have the resources to do their job. Supervisors should also act as buffers between investigators and the other levels of command. Preparing for these intense investigations:

Identifying all resources that may be needed during the investigation and maintaining detailed lists of available resources. •Establishing good working relationships with other departments prior to the crisis, through networking, scheduled meetings, and joint training. •• Providing training opportunities in the latest techniques and methods of homicide investigation. Additional observations regarding leadership in task force operations include: •Communication on administrative issues should be restricted to management personnel of the various agencies, so as not to distract investigators. •The intense pressure in high profile investigations may at times decrease logical decision making. •Law enforcement administration in each of the participating law enforcement agencies should present a unified front by agreeing to a written investigative strategy that outlines the investigative goals, the roles of the agencies, and establishes a clear and concise chain of command. •Command staff should focus on providing and managing the resources investigators need to solve the case, rather than directing the investigation. While doing the researches I found out was the issue of micro-management. When a supervisor attempts to personally direct every action in an investigation, rather than allowing investigators to perform their jobs independently, they exacerbate problems in these high profile investigations. •While law enforcement attracts positive individuals with strong personalities, management should encourage all involved personnel to leave their “egos” at the door. This ensures that personality differences among investigators do not become a distraction to the...
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