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NCJ Number: 168756 Find in a Library
Title: Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad: A Model for the 21st Century
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:63  Issue:7  Dated:July 1996  Pages:26-32
Author(s): T O'Connor
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad (MCS) is a multijurisdictional task force that provides an immediate police response to complicated homicide cases through the use of a contingent of highly trained supervisors and detectives who work as a single cohesive unit with the agency requesting their services.
Abstract: MCS was established 25 years ago to provide an immediate, professional responses in serious cases. MCS provides homicide investigative services to counties on both the Illinois and Missouri sides of the Mississippi River. It serves an area of about 4,500 square miles and 2.5 million people. The MCS currently has more than 400 detectives and investigators from the police agencies in the metropolitan area. The MCS has a board of directors consisting of police chiefs, sheriffs, and business leaders who ensure the delivery of quality criminal investigations. The costs of the organization are paid by the participating agencies. Operating expenses such as the mobile command post and computers are funded through corporate and other private donations. The MCS experience suggests several guidelines for other jurisdictions, including careful selection and training; rapid responses to needs; and attention to all crucial areas of investigative concentration. The MCS continues to examine potential improvements and is currently considering forming skill teams to handle particular aspects of an investigation
Main Term(s): Specialized police operations
Index Term(s): Criminology; Evidence preservation; Homicide investigations; Interagency cooperation; Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces; Police management; Police policies and procedures
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