This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, late nights, cell phone data and high tech crime. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
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Dan Smith asked a great question on Facebook. Dan said, it seems that television detectives work late into the night if they're on a case. Before I write something like that and make myself look foolish is that how it really goes? Meaning if you're on a case, are you working until the case is solved or are you still keeping regularish hours? You won't look foolish Dan if we're talking about a homicide or a kidnapping. If there are leads in a murder investigation or a righteous kidnap case, we are definitely going to work ourselves into exhaustion. On more than one occasion I have put 26 hours in one day on my timecard, much to the chagrin of my payroll office, but there's a reason why there's a TV show called The First 48. The statistics of solving a homicide are much higher if you can do so within those first 48 hours. Evidence is still in play. People are still around that know something, they saw something, heard something or they're hiding something. That stuff is still around in that first 48 hours, which is why it's so key.
Now, most other cases are still going to be worked during normal business hours or whatever shift your unit works. Some larger agencies may have night detectives, detectives that work a night shift. The surveillance based units like narcotics or vice or some sort of street team will work different schedules because that's when people are out on the street. But all of these, even if it's nighttime, are going to be part of their regular workday, not necessarily overtime like it would be on a homicide case that just broke that goes all through the night.
I've worked homicides that had so many moving parts and leads to follow up on that it was clear that this was going to be an all hands kind of case. And when these cases happen... Continue reading...
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