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Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations)
William R Bell  More Info

About the Dearborn Police Department
According to the Dearborn Police Department, “Since its inception in 1929, the department has evolved into a premier, full service, law enforcement agency. Recognized as a leader among police agencies in Michigan, the Dearborn Police Department prides itself in providing a force of over 200 highly trained officers equipped with state-of-the-art police equipment.”  The Dearborn Police Department is organized into a number of sub-units such as Patrol Division, Investigation Division and Support Services Division.”

Within the Dearborn Police Department, “the Patrol Division is the largest and certainly the most visible division of the Police Department. It consists of 140 sworn Police Officers representing 70% of the Police Department.” 

The Investigative Division of the Dearborn Police Department, “consists of the Detective Bureau, Polygraph Operations, the Crime Lab, the Narcotics Bureau, the Specialized Criminal Apprehension Team, the Traffic Safety Bureau and the Youth Bureau. The Detective Bureau is currently made up of two Lieutenants, one Supervisory Sergeant, 12 Detective Sergeants, and three Investigative Corporals, the Detective Bureau is the investigative arm of the Police Department. All preliminary complaint reports believed to be criminal in nature are referred to the Detective Bureau for review and evaluation. Once reviewed, each case requiring further police attention or additional investigation is assigned to a specific Detective Sergeant, or Investigator, depending upon the nature of the investigation or crime.

The Detective Bureau has the responsibility of handling all aspects of criminal investigations from initial investigation through the prosecution process. Detective Sergeants and Investigators may; interview witnesses, interrogate suspects, submit warrant requests, prepare the court case, handle extradition’s, write up search warrants, and provide investigative/intelligence support to other Law Enforcement Agencies.”

Coming from a family whose involvement with law enforcement dates back to the Civil War, William Bell's own education and career spans more than thirty years. Greatly influenced by his father, a retired Police Inspector, he began with the Dearborn Police Department (Michigan) where his responsibilities included work in road patrol, SWAT, undercover narcotics, and pattern crime. For nearly twenty years the author has been employed by the Colorado Department of Corrections, where he ultimately gained his expertise with the Criminal Investigation Division. He is noted for taking the investigation of prison crime into the streets.  He reflects is practical as well as academic excellence in his book, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities.

According to the book description of Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities, “Once an offender is behind bars, many people believe that he is no longer a threat to society. However, the felonious activities of confined inmates reach out into society every day. These inmates run lucrative drug operations, commit fraud, hire contract murders, and commit a multitude of criminal offenses from inside the walls of our prisons. This book provides an in-depth resource guide to the relatively new field of corrections investigation. Illustrating the differences between street and prison investigations, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities provides a detailed list of how to as well as numerous captivating case histories and photographs of actual crime scenes and evidentiary items.

Chapters on intelligence gathering, undercover operations, and the use of confidential informants will aid you in the complex crimes that sometimes even involve officers and civilians. The book also covers legal aspects such as warrants, court preparation, and testimony to help you take a case from investigation to prosecution. Prison investigators must be able to respond effectively to every crime imaginable, from a grizzly homicide to a complex fraud case. Whether you're a long-time administrator or a novice criminal justice professional, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities gives you sound advice on how to handle crime in a community in which 100% of the population are convicted felons.

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