Paradigm in Sexual Assault Investigations

In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. One of the major aspects of determining if a crime was committed and by whom, is utilizing the paradigm process of identifying, apprehending, interrogating, and prosecuting the sexual offender. Therefore, the law enforcement investigator must determine as soon as possible how the paradigm investigative process will assist the investigator. Sexual assault investigations are complex and any tool the law enforcement investigator can take from his/her toolbox i.e. a paradigm, will assist the investigator determine if a crime did or didn’t take place. The investigator must then follow investigative protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully determine what the witnesses and sexual offender have to offer in investigating the sexual assault allegation. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the paradigm investigative process is not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the investigative paradigm process is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of utilizing the investigative paradigm process in a sexual assault investigation.

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