Failures in Criminal Investigation is coming to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 23.
Across the United States, criminal investigators spend countless hours attempting to solve cases. Regardless of the type of investigation, the primary goals are to successfully prosecute a suspect and obtain justice for the crime victims and their families.
Very rarely is an investigation conducted in a “perfect” manner. Investigators are human and make errors. Often, these errors are unintentional; however, the investigator does not realize the importance of aggressively correcting the error. Skilled defense attorneys scrutinize the investigation looking for any type of inconsistency or error made by the investigator or other law enforcement officials who worked the case. It is critical that investigators are aware of common errors made during criminal investigations.
This course was designed by numerous instructors based on interviews and feedback with hundreds of criminal investigators from across the United States and Canada. In addition, the instructors compiled a list of common errors identified by seasoned prosecutors (federal and state), defense attorneys, and judges.