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NCJ Number: 252016 Add to Shopping cart 
Title: National Best Practices for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit
Author(s): Hannah Barcus; Charles Heurich; Nancy Ritter; Dawn Elizabeth Schwarting; Rachel Walton
Date Published: July 2019
Page Count: 158
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Reference Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) assembled and collaborated with the Cold Case Investigation Working Group (CCIWG) in developing this guide to assist law enforcement agencies in creating a mechanism for addressing the cold cases in their jurisdictions.
Abstract: The CCIWG, which was created in 2015, was composed of subject-matter experts from the cold-case-investigation community, The assigned mission was to review the state of cold-case investigations and cold-case units in the United States. An introductory statement advises that the recommendations presented in this guide are not mandated by any governing body; they are recommended best practices based on research, well-established processes, and the professional experience of CCIWG members. The CCIWG considered issues that ranged from planning, administrative, organizational, and policy considerations to specific strategies for identifying and addressing unresolved cases in agencies both large and small. Group members achieved substantial agreement on a variety of issues involved in cold cases. The 23 recommendations presented in this guide are grouped under the broad categories of 1) determining the needs and scope of a cold-case-investigation unit; 2) designing a cold-case unit; 3) implementing a cold-case unit; 4) operating a cold-case unit; and 5) identifying support for a cold-case unit. 4 figures, 2 tables, 185 references, a list of annotated resources, and appended sample forms and procedures
Main Term(s): Specialized police operations
Index Term(s): Case management; Investigative techniques; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police casework; Police specialized training; Specialized investigative units
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