Multidisciplinary, Multijurisdictional, and Major Case Task Forces April Mitchell CJ 203 730am Criminal Investigation Multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional approaches to cases can be a great tool in catching criminals and solving cases. However, care must be taken to make such a major case task force fully operational and advantageous to police departments and the community. In this paper I will discuss the pros and cons of multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional, and major case task forces. A multidisciplinary approach is one in which specialists from several areas of law enforcement are brought in from within one jurisdiction to work a case. These specialists could include a forensic pathologist, a homicide investigator, an interrogator, or others that may be necessary or warranted. The pros to this approach are interdepartmental cooperation, all of the evidence being sent to the same lab, detectives not questioning how others work as they all work under the same policies, rules and procedures, and a common chain of command. The cons to this can be a lack of communication between departments, a lack of a proper information gathering or distributing procedures (i.e. leads getting lost as they dont get sent to the proper department), and a lack of clearly defined positions and tasks (a few different departments may have overlapping tasks). There are ways to avoid these problems though. Having a plan in place that clearly delineates roles, responsibilities, goals, and information gathering / distributing procedures can help solve these problems. An example of a multidisciplinary approach to solving crime is its use in solving serial murder cases within a single jurisdiction. A multijurisdictional approach is one in which...
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