Law enforcement officers apprehend offenders who violate laws. Almost all police action involving apprehending offenders requires some level of criminal investigation. For instance, even if an officer observes a crime being committed in his or her presence, the officer must still, depending on the offense, gather evidence, interview witnesses and suspects, and document the incident. Many crimes, however, do not transpire in front of officers and are much more complicated, requiring a higher level of investigative skill. Cities, counties, and states often assign the best criminal investigators to the most complicated and violent crimes, including those crimes that create the most fear in citizens, such as homicides and sexual offenses.
Top criminal investigators tend to share a set of qualities that contributes to their success in solving crimes. Police managers and law enforcement educators must be aware of such qualities in order to train, encourage, and promote the best.
· Think of three qualities that make for an effective criminal investigator and consider why they do so.
a brief description of three qualities that you believe are most important for an effective criminal investigator to possess when performing a criminal investigation and explain why. Be specific.