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Applicant Process / Background Investigations 3 Replies

Started by Daniel E. Marek. Last reply by David Hickey Mar 18, 2010.

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Comment by Dave Gerhardt on January 22, 2010 at 1:27am
Hello everyone: My name is Dave Gerhardt. I was a Certified Reserve Police officer for 7 contiguous years and loved every minute of it. Since then, and after having performed other corporate type tasks, entered into the Private Investigative industry. I've been performing investigations since 2002. I hope at least having been a Certified Reserve officer qualifies me to participate in this forum. I am always interested in any thoughts, ideas, methodologies etc. that pertain to investigations and hope that I may gain new acquaintances and learn from some of you hard-core officers doing the job as LEO's. Thanks for your support. I'll keep an eye out for ya! Be safe, be vigilant, be wise. Dave
Comment by Rufus A. Foxx on February 14, 2010 at 12:49pm
I have recently been assigned to internet crimes against children. I have worked in investigations for 14hrs, undercover, narcotics & Vice, Narcotics Sergeant, Gang investigations, Family violence and Juveniles crimes. Now after six years I return to the work of an investigator working with juveniles. If anybody has any information in this field I would appreciate it,
Comment by Joe Antinarelli on March 2, 2010 at 10:51am
I was promoted to detective just over three years now and I'm starting to catch my groove in case management. I want to actually have some fun with my investigations and go through them with effective strategy and clear some with more arrests than the normal "gimmies" with the obvious suspects.

It seems that when I clear a case inactive with no leads or forensic evidence recovered, that there is something I missed or did not check. Then the Sgt returns the case back to me saying that there are still areas yet to be checked or people to talk to before closing it.

Question: Does anyone have any advise for a basic methods of investigation (like a check list) on newly assigned cases so I'm sure to cover all areas of concern/interest?
- (I do ask senior detectives on their opinions, but I want to milk the brains of others if whenever possible.)
Comment by Jan C Rhoads on March 2, 2010 at 11:12am
Joe, Email me at and I would be happy to type you out an Investiagtive Control Sheet we use in Indianapolis although it is pretty comprehensive. But in my experience (22 yrs- 11 in Investigations) nearly any investigation when viewed with a different set of "eyes" can "miss" something. I'd be happy to share this with you.
Sgt. Jan Rhoads, IMPD
Comment by Martin Greenblatt on March 3, 2010 at 12:24am
I am a case-carrying reserve detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, after practicing 40 years as a business lawyer. I specialize in complex financial crimes, especially embezzlements and finanical elder abuse, because I have found that the same skill set I learned in constructing complex business transactions (legitimate ones) comes in very handy in deconstructing complex financial crimes. I am also the first reserve police officer in any California department to be certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training as a criminal investigator, with a specialty in burglary (property crimes) which gives me a huge advantage as an expert at trial. Unlike manydetectives, I like paper cases, and will be glad to share my knowlege and experience with other financial crime investigators.
Comment by Norman L. Rhoades on April 17, 2010 at 9:55pm
Hello, I was on patrol with NMStatePolice for 18 years and some months, transfering into our criminal investigations section back in '99. We don't have the luxury of specialization so we handle everything that's our turn to take which, aside from all the BS cases, included some great experiance in homicides, white collar crime, sex crimes, etc. I got addicted to homicide cases and with my assignment to the crime scene unit, it keeps me pretty much into violent crimes. On my 30th year with NMSP and still feel like a rookie in loving to come to work. It pleases me to work with good cops and see bad guys go down, and yes, I still have a lot to learn.
Comment by Joseph M. Finck on May 13, 2010 at 1:16pm
Hello, I am a civilian Federal Agent, Criminal Investigator with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command assigned to the Special Victims Unit at Fort Bragg, NC. I have served for over twenty years as a law enforcement officer with the majority of that being in Texas. I attained a basic, intermediate, advanced, adn master peace officer certificate and also possess an instructor license, counter jailer certificate, and telecommunications certificate too. I have been a full time investigator for over ten years.
Comment by Carter F Smith on May 13, 2010 at 2:10pm
Gang members join the military for different reasons.
Comment by Stephen Hewitt on June 3, 2010 at 9:06am
Good morning, I am gathering information on cost effective digital video recording systems for interview/interrogations. We are a small Department so budgets are tight. I would appreciate any recommendations or specs that my fellow Investigators are using.
Comment by Rufus A. Foxx on June 3, 2010 at 10:51am
It has been a while since I made a comment on my new assignment. Presently I am awaiting an opening in training so that I can join the local task force. I came into the task force after it had been up and running and I am finding out that I have to take a particular training required by the task force before working in an under cover capacity,


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