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Staying Current

When hiring an expert to investigate your crime scene, fingerprint, ballistics or cell phone towers, the attorney always asks for the CV and/or affidavit to include in your motion for funding.  But do you read the credentials?  An investigator must be licensed with the state but must also be affiliated with a licensed investigative company.  Any expert provide specific services should provide a current and active CV.  Certifications with the latest technology or software shouldn’t be 10 years old but prominent with todays standards.  Much of the science and technology is changing and moving daily.  Your expert should be presently involved in those industries and providing the latest information.  The same is true for an investigator.  Did you know we, like attorneys, are required to maintain CLE credits?  At Blackwatch Investigations…

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Knocking On Doors

It’s summer!  Long, hot days mean lots of the things to different people.  For an investigator, its’ the best time to find people.  Summer brings people outside sitting on the porch, mowing the grass or hanging at the corner store.  A good investigator wants to get out in the neighborhood and talk face- to- face with possible witnesses.  You can learn a lot about a person in their posture, facial expression and glances.  An investigator that goes to chat can determine whether the witness is being deceptive or just interested in keeping themselves out of trouble.  Phone interviewing is quick and easy but does not provide you accurate information.  A good investigator will want the “lay of the land” and observe the dynamics of the neighborhood

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Cell Mapping

Our cell phones are constantly communicating with the cell phone towers that surround us at our jobs, homes, and communities.  Every time our phones create a communication event, data is stored with the service provider.  This data includes the details of the call, such as the calling parties, duration of the event, and the cell tower location data.  Over the past 15 years, I have used this historical data to confirm one’s location during a specific time frame. 

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Child Forensic Interviewer Bias

I recently visited an elementary school and hung out with a group of second grade kids.  While building rapport, I inquired about their household make-up by saying, “Raise your hand if you own a dog.”  Every child quickly raised their hand.  Later, the teacher informed

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Need for Native Spanish Speaker

Having a client that speaks a foreign language can be difficult to handle, even for those of us who are multi-lingual. Most attorneys would agree that having a reliable interpreter is of the utmost important, but even then, crucial information is lost in translation.

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Sex Abuse Investigations

Over the last decade we have seen an explosive increase in the number of child sex abuse and exploitation cases. These are often difficult cases as they initially appear to be a classic example of the “he-said she-said” case

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Mobile Forensics

Today, it is often rare to take a case that does not involve the use of a cell phone. According to Pew Research, 88 percent of American adults rely on cell phones to text, take photos, send e-mails, and access their social networks. When it comes to recovering and preserving digital evidence in today’s criminal investigations, mobile phones play a more crucial role than ever in the judicial process.

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