Analysis Of Second Shift Homicide Detectives

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To date in 2015, second shift Homicide Detectives responded to and actually investigated 140 cases, which included (18- Current Solved rate 44%) of the 61 Homicides so far in 2015, (11) Felony Assaults, (70) Suspicious Deaths and (33) Suicides and (8) Miscellaneous cases.

In 2014, second shift Homicide Detectives responded to and actually investigated 173 cases, which included (35 Current Solved rate 66%) of the 91 Homicides in 2014, (9) Felony Assaults, (80) Suspicious Deaths and (40) Suicides and (9) Miscellaneous cases.

In 2013, second shift Homicide Detectives responded to and actually investigated 102 cases, which included (31- Current Solved rate 69%) of the 92 Homicides in 2013, (14) Felony Assaults, (40) Suspicious Deaths and (34)
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Reducing the case load per detective and thereby providing increased investigative time is obviously number one. However, I have changed some procedures within 2nd Shift Homicide like changing the long standing procedure of assigning a primary and one secondary detective. I added a third detective who is fully active in the case. I believe this will greatly improve investigations both initially and more importantly long term. This change in the procedure allows for two (2) detectives to be fully active at the onset of the investigation, while the 3rd partner handles the processing of the crime scene. While it is not necessary for all three (3) detectives to be present at each step of the investigation, all three (3) should remain active and knowledgeable of the status of the investigation. This should provide for improved investigative coverage while allowing additional flexibility in manpower decisions. This step should actually reduce overtime while increasing the opportunity to solve investigations. This also increases the probability of an original detective remaining active in an investigation should it continue for an extended

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