What is your motivation to become a detective? Do you serve justice, morality, your own ego and intellect? Determining why you want to investigate mysteries or solve crimes is crucial to determining which organization, if any you should join to maximize your efficiency. If you serve justice and law, consider the local police or a federal law enforcement agency, should your ambition persist, consider Interpol. If you serve morality or humanity, such as the former would be suitable, but should it be too constricting perhaps you should considering working independently or as a consulting detective to whatever organization strikes your fancy. Should your own intellect or desire for fame and fortune pervade over all other motivations, perhaps consider a private company or a career as a security consultant. Identifying your motivation identifies your skill set, which identifies your preferred type of investigating, which identifies your organization, which identifies your constrictions and political abilities and clout.
Analyzing a crime scene is difficult, and there are several steps to making sure that you can get the full picture.
1. Make sure no evidence is damadged.
2. Locate every single piece of evidence, do not even think of drawing a conclusion at this point.
3. Collect statements from witnesses in addition to locating pieces of evidence.
4. Once all evidence is tagged and all statements have been taken, attempt to piece together the order of events that took place in the phenomena.
5. Follow any leads and remember to use logic, never assume anything. (i.e. There is a lot of blood and no body, there may not even have been a murder.)
6. During the following up on leads, cross check any new information (no matter how trivial) with every piece of evidence that you have collected thus far.
7. Double check, seemingly simple advice is all to important.
8. No matter how easy a case seems remember, there could easily be more to that case than is readily apparent.
Most police handbooks say that the first thing that should be done upon arriving at the scene of a crime is to make sure no perpetrators are present and nobody needs medical attention. That is all well and good, but that can easily be accomplished by The Bodyguard rather than you. Your first objective is to make sure no evidence gets damaged. Be wary and thoroughly search the place for any hostiles or wounded individuals, just be extremely cautious that you do not contaminate any evidence. What sort of evidence could be contaminated by simply searching for hostiles? Footprints, Fingerprints, crime scenes are flush with easily destroyable yet incredibly incriminating evidence. Do not step in any blood puddles unless there is no other option, your blood spatter analyst will thank you. While in most developed countries even the freshest uniformed police officers know enough to not destroy a crime scene. If you ever handle a case in a third world country, be careful, most law-enforcement officers will not hold up to the standards we have for those in MDCs. More on that later.
Never work with The Sadist. The Sadist is dangerous to you, your support staff and your people of interest. The Sadist is untrustworthy and should never be added onto your support staff. Understandably, there are situations where working with The Sadist is a necessary danger. In those situations, never let your guard down, keep The Bodyguard on high alert, only have The Advisor provide his/her true input when it is safe (either when The Sadist is not listening or it doesn’t matter if they know the truth) and so on. Keep an insurance policy, preferably one that The Sadist does not know about. If you threaten to kill The Sadist’s sister, The Sadist will react unpredictably, The Sadist may do what you want, but The Sadist may try to kill you instead. It is better to keep insurance The Sadist does not know about. Maybe keep a cross hairs on The Sadist at all hours, maybe bug The Sadist’s car, maybe blow up The Sadist’s house and frame an enemy. The most important thing to keep in mind with The Sadist is caution. But when you are finally done with The Sadist, remove The Sadist from play, permanently. Either throw The Sadist in a maximum security prison or in a shallow grave, whatever it is, The Sadist is not to be allowed to run free.
In a perfect world, ever member of your support staff falls under this categorization. The Advisor is the person in your group who shares your passion for investigation, and provides insight into your investigation, they are a cool head under pressure, intelligent, either experienced or a quick learner. They may be your mentor, or your detective in training, or anything in between. The Advisor would be a great benefit to your investigation if he/she had earned their experience differently than you, this allows them to provide alternatives you would normally have not thought of. Just as The Advisor has the right to question your methods and motives, so do you have the right to refute his/hers suggestions, defend your actions, and question his/her actions. You should always listen to your Advisor, that is what he/she is there for, but you do not have to automatically do what they say, that changes him/her from being The Advisor to being The Boss. Always remember that you chose The Advisor to be a part of your support staff, so always respect The Advisor and their input.
This is where I will be posting closed and open cases I will either study or involve myself with. Do not expect any very soon, but be aware that there might be posts on this category.
No matter how good you are in a combat situation, you can always use a helping hand. You may be an expert marksman, a master in sambo and have extensive experience with small unit tactics, but you could always want another person who is just as good or better. The bodyguard can come in a variety of forms, it can be the muzzle flash from a football field away when your meeting with your suspect goes wrong, it could be the burly muscle head who kicks in all your doors for you, it could be the officer who has a tactical genius who spots the ambush before you do, it could be the woman in the cocktail dress who warns you about the covert security that is advancing on you. However The Bodyguard is saving your life, welcome it, because it is very difficult to watch your own back. This is arguably the most important member of your support staff, because no matter how good a detective you may be, it is very difficult to solve crimes when you are dead.