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Criminal Investigative Process

Find Offender
Prove Guilt
Collect Suspects
  Prioritize
  Evaluate
Direct/Indirect Evidence
Public

Tips
 
Witnesses
 
Informants
 
Friends
 
Family
 
Neighbors
Databases
 
Criminal Records
 
Police
Files
 
DMV
 
Other Agencies
 
Physical Description
 
Opportunity
 
Motive
 
Means
 
Modus Operandi
 
Composite Sketch
 
Video
 
Alibi
 
Suspect Interview
 
Interviews of Family, Friends, and Neighbors
 
Witness
Behavior

General
 
Specific
 
Confession
Geography

General
 
Specific
 
Physical Evidence
 
Source: Rossmo, D. K. (2004). Geographic profiling as problem solving for serial crime. In Q. C. Thurman & J. D. Jamieson (Eds.), Police problem solving (pp. 121-131). Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing.