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Title: Managing Arson Control Systems - A Study of Arson and Anti-Arson Efforts in a Selected Sample of Jurisdictions, Volume 3 - Arson Investigation
Author(s): H C McClees; A J Decker; D J Carpenter
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 187
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Focusing on on-scene practices and followup investigations, this text describes how arsons are investigated in eight study sites and analyzes arson investigative unit management.
Abstract: Organizational factors that help shape the demands and resources available to each agency are examined. These include external factors (socioeconomic forces, legal influences, and political factors) and internal factors (organizational responsibilities and resources). Four component activities of on-scene investigations are discussed: coordination and control; fire scene investigation, including physical, testimonial, and other evidence collection; special investigative issues; and report preparation. The impact of deciding where to allocate scarce resources on arson investigation thoroughness in the eight sites is examined. Standard followup practices, type of personnel involved, and type of followup results obtained are discussed. The impact of the organizational profile on the investigation, the source and frequency of observed deficiencies, and personnel issues (including staffing arrangements, recruiting, training, and retention) are explored. Finally, the need to improve arson unit management at four operational levels -- system, departmental, unit, and case -- is emphasized. One chart and 51 tables are included.
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson investigations; Arson squads; Project STAR
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