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Bureau of Justice Assistance and Police Executive Research Forum

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Police Executive Research Forum conducted a multi-year project to assess homicide investigation practices in five cities: Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, Miami and Pittsburgh. A recent report summarizes the lessons learned from those studies.

The report documents the findings and recommendations from the site assessments, and from a conference held by PERF and BJA in January 2017 that assembled officials from the five sites and experts in the field of homicide investigations.

Findings and recommendations are in chapters on Homicide Unit Policies and Procedures; Detective and Supervisor Selection Process; Investigations Training; Staffing and Caseload Management; Supervision, Accountability and Oversight; Cold Case Unit; Internal Coordination; External Coordination; Homicide Unit Equipment and Technology; and The Future of Homicide Investigations: Digital Evidence and Crime Analysis.

The report, Promising Strategies for Strengthening Homicide Investigations: Findings and Recommendations from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Homicide Investigations Enhancement Training and Technical Assistance Project, is available here.

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The Justice Technology Information Center is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. JTIC serves as an information resource for technology and equipment related to law enforcement, corrections and courts, and hosts the NIJ Compliance Testing Program, a voluntary equipment standards and testing program for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and other officer safety equipment, which conducts equipment testing, reviews and analyzes testing data and disseminates results.

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