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Friday, March 4, 2011

Anatomy of a Sexual Assault Investigation V

The Call Out:

What comes after the initial response is settled? If you’re a detective it’s the dreaded middle of the night call. Our last blog covered the levels of the call response and troop deployment. This time we will turn our attention to the Call Out.

The callout is usually where the detective first gets involved. Up until this point, by in large, everything we discussed has been a patrol function. Once the scene-officer has determined what the need is, he or she will advise the shift supervisor or the AFC: acting field commander. The AFC is usually either a sergeant or corporal, but sometimes maybe the highest ranking officer.

Using the supplied information, the AFC makes the determination to call in a detective or not. While the determining factor is based on a lot of things, it is mainly based on if the crime scene requires working or if it requires more attention than patrol can afford to give at that time. 

If the crime scene needs working and suspects are in custody; or known and at large, then a detective will be called out. Of course, if the victim is a child, a detective- responding to the callout- is initiated and assumes control investigation. 

Next time we will look at the Crime Scene and how and who does the processing.

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