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NCJ Number: 141580 Find in a Library
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:62  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1993)  Pages:1-4
Author(s): H Poole; S Jurovics
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 4
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses how the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) established a special team of investigators, Murders Unsolved Team (MUST), to work unsolved homicides throughout the State.
Abstract: The SBI implemented MUST in 1986 to deal with the pervasive problem of unsolved murders. With the formation of MUST, local law enforcement agencies in North Carolina can now request assistance in the investigation of unsolved homicide cases. MUST agents are assigned to only one case at a time and work cooperatively with the requesting agency. The SBI divides the State into eight geographic districts, with a MUST agent assigned to each district. MUST agents use a data base to help manage complex cases involving multiple agencies. This data base allows investigators to store information and to share that information with other agencies involved in a case. MUST has a relatively successful record; investigators have solved more than 46 percent of the cases assigned to them. Tentative plans call for doubling the number of MUST agents in each district of the State because the MUST methodology has proven effective and because local agencies now tend to solicit assistance earlier in their investigations.
Main Term(s): Homicide investigations
Index Term(s): Computer aided investigations; Interagency cooperation; Murder; North Carolina
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