Detectives as E.T.s?
An interesting concept, but would it fly here?
- Trust me people, there is a reason the department is about to hire a ton of detectives.
Allegedly, in the next few years certain detectives will be cross trained in crime scene processing and collection. They will respond to shootings and homicides with a "team" of detectives. One or two of the detecives in this team will act as the ETs and process the scene and gather evidence.
Several departments are starting to do this throughout the country and its actually pretty successful. The team of detectives works well together and its easier to keep track of evidence and reports when its all one team processing, collecting, interviewing and investigating the crime. No more calls to the ETs or having to hunt down a certain ET months later etc. Everyone will be on the same team and a Det on that team will be the person processing the scene. As a detective I actually find this interesting and pretty good idea.
But just so all of you know, this is why they are going to be adding hundreds of detectives, not just because they want more to work cases. even though the guys who collect the evidence will also be able to play an investigative role in cases they are working with their team and when not collecting evidence and being an "ET" they will be able to have their own caseload. In california in towns that have detectives that do this they are usually compensated with an out of grade type slip when they play ET.
It would be necessary to change the entire culture of the D-unit....can it be done?
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