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NCJ Number: 67280 Find in a Library
Title: ARSON - A CRIME THAT LOST PROMINENCE, SEPTEMBER 25-29, 1977 (FROM ARSON-FOR-PROFIT - ITS IMPACT ON STATES AND LOCALITIES, P 279-319, 1977 - SEE NCJ-67274)
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN ARSON COMMITTEE REPORT IS PRESENTED THAT REVIEWS THE HISTORY OF ARSON, SPECIFIC PROBLEMS RELATED TO ARSON, THE PRINCIPAL PERSONS FIGHTING IT, AND THE NEED TO RECLASSIFY ARSON AS A PART I OFFENSE.
Abstract: A BRIEF OUTLINE RELATES THE NATURE OF ARSON STATUTES AS GENERALLY FOUND IN STATE LAWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND DESCRIBES THE EARLIEST RECOGNITION OF ARSON AS A COMMON LAW FELONY. SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THAT HAVE EVOLVED IN DEALING WITH ARSON ARE THEN IDENTIFIED, WITH ATTENTION TO INTERAGENCY CONFUSION, DIVIDED RESPONSIBILITIES, ILL-DEFINED ROLES, AND MISTAKES IN REPORTING. PROBLEMS AFFECTING INDIVIDUAL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF FIGHTING ARSON ARE DESCRIBED, INCLUDING THE FIRE CHIEF AND THE POLICE OFFICER, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, THE JURY, THE CRIME LAB TECHNICIAN, THE JUDGE, THE INSURANCE COMPANY ADJUSTER, THE NEWSPAPER REPORTER, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. CONSIDERATION IS ALSO GIVEN TO PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE FIRE SERVICE AS A WHOLE, TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES, TO PROBLEMS RELATED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND TO THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION IN INVESTIGATIONS. SOLUTIONS ARE SUGGESTED TO THESE PROBLEMS SUCH AS THE RECLASSIFICATION OF ARSON FROM A PART II TO A PART I OFFENSE. A SUMMARY OF THE RECOMMENDATION IS PRESENTED, ALONG WITH A SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE ON ARSON AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Arson; Firefighters; Offense classification
Note: PRESENTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS' 104TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 1977 AT DENVER, COLORADO
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