In an interview, being able to follow the sequence of events is essential. Without audio or video recording, closing the case takes longer and often costs more. By being able to go back to interviews, (1) re-listening to the recording (2) as well as look at body language, the most appropriate course of action can be chosen.
According to The Police Chief (2012), there are three parts of an investigation. Joyce, T. wrote:
- The Initial Police Response. An officer responds to a call for service or is dispatched to a crime scene. Once at the scene, the officer takes an initial amount of information from witnesses and gathers evidence. In the case of a violent crime, the officer must proceed with caution as the suspect may be armed, dangerous, and nearby.
- The Investigative Process. Investigators take the information and evidence from the scene of the crime and follow up on leads. This stage often involves tracking down witnesses and associates, knocking on doors, examining physical evidence, and verifying statements.
- The Analysis. The analysis component is an in-depth process intended to make connections and detect patterns. Analysts often work with outside agencies and associations, using law enforcement data to identify patterns and link cases. The analysis can be a time-consuming process involving many pieces of data.
How can recording help you through the process in a way that closes cases faster?
- Record the initial interaction. Watch on video:
- What did the police say?
- What was the scene when police arrived?
- What did anyone involved say
- Record the investigation/interview:
- What occurred in the interviews? The Questions? The answer
- Wouldn’t it be ideal if you didn’t have to re-question witnesses because data was lost?
- Rewatch the videos for analysis
- Reduce duplicated efforts
- Notice nonverbal actions such as body language which are not communicated as well through notes
With recording, lost information no longer needs to be an issue. You gain the ability to access, navigate and share a greater amount of information, and you can do all this in less time. By not duplicating efforts and conducting a focused analysis, you can make a determination and close the case faster.
Let us show you exactly how this works and start closing cases more quickly today. Contact us to find out more!