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Major Case Management

A Guide for Law Enforcement Managers

Major Case Management by Daniel S. McDevitt
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Managing a major case is among the most challenging managerial functions that anyone in law enforcement can perform, and there are numerous pitfalls to avoid. It is the goal of this book to provide law enforcement managers with the necessary tools and strategies they can use in managing their next major case. Many of these strategies were learned through trial and error. It begins with a look at the various elements of the investigative process. Organization of the investigative unit, whether it is a general assignment or highly specialized unit, is discussed as well as how to determine proper allocation of resources. Selection of investigative personnel is discussed at length, and selection strategies and a structured selection process are outlined very clearly. Methods of developing new investigators and mechanisms to train personnel for potential assignment are also covered. Each chapter critically examines the types of major cases and obstacles to success, the use of task forces, major case management planning, effective management strategies, information management, personnel management, sources of information including victim and witness issues, administrative and logistical considerations, non-homicide major case obstacles, media strategies, liaisons, pre-planning, and after-action critiques. This book contains a number of case studies, which will highlight both the good and the bad decisions taken on a variety of major cases in a variety of settings. Additionally, the appendices contain a wealth of information regarding model forms—an intergovernmental agreement for a major crimes task force, by-laws of the major crimes task force, major case management planning checklist, a lead sheet and lead assignment control log, investigative summary report, intelligence report, major case after-action critique, concluding with a general overview. This book will address many skills and strategies to better prepare law enforcement professionals to successfully meet the challenges of managing major case investigations.
Charles C Thomas; July 2009
270 pages; ISBN 9780398085544
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Title: Major Case Management
Author: Daniel S. McDevitt