'Homicide Hunter' Lt. Joe Kenda on what it takes to be a great detective

"Criminals think they are so smart. The problem for them is the police are smarter. Detectives resolve things. They don't give up." - Lt. Joe Kenda


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Ask any new cop what they want to be doing after they do their time in patrol. Some will say to go to narcotics, or K-9, or maybe to promote up the ranks. Chances are a lot will say they want to be a detective, but not just any kind of detective, they want to work homicide. However, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? This week's Policing Matters guest will answer that question and provide a good look into the life of a homicide detective.

Lt. Joe Kenda, a 23-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department, spent 21 years chasing killers as a homicide detective and commander of the major crimes unit. Kenda and his team solved 356 of his 387 homicide cases, resulting in a 92% solve rate, one of the highest in the country. After retiring from law enforcement, he starred in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, an American true-crime documentary series that ran for nine seasons on Investigation Discovery (ID).

He has written two books, "I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime" and "Killer Triggers," and his new series “American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda” is now streaming on discovery+.

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