The law enforcement officer who receives assignment to the Special Assault Unit may find accepting an assignment that a child was sexually assaulted by her father, grandfather, uncle, neighbor, teacher, peer, classmate, etc. very uncomfortable to deal with. Upon arrival to the SAU for the first time, the officer who has been waiting for his first detective assignment finds a clean desk with a welcome note from the Sergeant saying, “Welcome Aboard.” In this officer’s career, this welcome may be the only positive greeting he will receive until at some date and time when he finds success in his new and exciting assignment. Too often the officer will not know what to expect in his new assignment; therefore, it is important to discuss in detail what happens in most law enforcement agencies.
In The Beginning
The Bible tells us in the Book of Genesis 39:11-13 "But one day, when he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house were there in the house, she caught him by his garment, saying “Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house." Further, when her husband arrives home, she told him the same story of how Joseph tried to rape her; the husband was mad and put Joseph into jail for a crime he didn't commit. One of the first sex stories in the Bible whereas this story was told, it became an opportunity to use a man versus a women in regards to a sexual act(s) that may have been consensual or not. It has been said that this is one of the first "He said, she said" sexual act. A defense strategy that would be utilized by defense attorneys in courts worldwide for centuries.
Law Enforcement Scenario
Nora-3 please copy on a possible child sexual assault at the address on your computer screen. Nora-4 please assist Nora-3, Nora 3 and Nora 4 received. Nora-3 to Nora-4 how far out are you from the residence. Nora-4 I am approximately 3 to 5 minutes out; what about you Nora-3? Radio I am about the same distance and time as Nora-4?
The Bible states in the Book of Genesis 39:11-13 "But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, she caught him by his garment, saying “Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house." Further, when her husband arrives home, she told him the same story of how Joseph tried to rape her; the husband was mad and put Joseph into jail for a crime he didn't commit. As one of the first sex stories in the Bible, whereas this story was told, it became an opportunity to use a man versus a woman. It has been said that this is one of the first "He said, she said" cases. A defense strategy that would be utilized in courts worldwide for centuries.
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Lately, there has been an awakening of the sleeping giant, of law enforcement officer killing individuals for a multitude of reasons. This metaphor is an analogy which is complex and there are no easy answers. Just when the Department Of Justice states that crime is on the decline, there is an increase in the shooting of citizens by law enforcement officer. There isn't one location in the United States which someone can consider they have the ownership of this problem.
When a law enforcement officer walks into his place of work, the last thing on his mind is that today something may go wrong and cost someone their life. It isn’t the big things where things will go wrong, but the little things that the officer believed weren’t a concern at the time, but then turned into a nightmare in a matter of seconds.
In today's world of law enforcement those who wear the uniform must continually stay abreast of all of the officer safety policies, procedures, protocols, and any other guidelines that will assist the officer from being injured or killed. Being a law enforcement officer is as difficult as any job an individual can pursue as a full-time career. It is all about common sense and being pro-active at all times. Once an individual puts the law enforcement officer uniform on, he is viewed by the public in an array of opinions. Some people in the community will not have anything to do with an officer, maybe because they have had prior dealings that were negative.
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The purpose of determining if law enforcement officers are competent and intelligent in their approach to Sexual Assault Investigations is not a simple investigative conclusion to provide. There has been numerous forensic scientist in the field of sexual assaults who have performed studies about law enforcement's effectiveness when dealing with an allegation of a sexual assault. Many of the studies associated with the success of prosecuting sexual offenders begins at the front-line officers who respond to a radio call that a child may have been a victim of a sexual assault. If the front-line officer is properly educated and trained in the area of how to investigate an allegation of a sexual assault may make a major difference in the outcome of an individual being accussed of such a serious crime.
Over the next couple months, the issues surrounding law enforcements competentence and intelligence will be closely examined, evaluated, and analayzed. Along the way if you have a thought, comment, idea, or suggestion, please take the time to share.