CJS 206 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Amber Alert, Law Enforcement In The United States, Vehicle Identification Number

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16 Jun 2018
Chap 9
A) The Role of the Public in Criminal Investigations
Who is the Public?
- The public consists of people who may have information
relating to a particular crime or criminal.
- They are not able to be identified as “witnesses” through
traditional methods
a. i.e. neighborhood canvasses
b. Citizens may already realize that they posses info that related
to a crime and may need only minimal encouragement to
report the information.
B) The Role of Media and Public
Newspaper, Television coverage, and Press releases:
- Can be used by the police to make Citizens aware of particular
criminal incidents
- Encourage them to call the police with information that may
relate to investigation
- Tip Lines: Dedicated phone lines within police departments
that are established to receive calls from individuals with related
crime information.
Examples: Crime Stoppers, or We Tip
Crime Stoppers
- Is a non-profit corporation
- Established 1976
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