Essay on Detectives
1778 Words8 Pages
A detective is a police officer, whose duty is to detect criminals, by in-depth investigation of cases. When attempting to solve a crime, detectives conduct a criminal investigation that seeks all the facts about a crime to help determine the truth: what happened and who is responsible. This involves making a preliminary and final investigation. A detective’s task is to gather, organize, and use information about social behavior. To effectively complete that task a detective should possess certain characteristics: intellectual, psychological, and physical. Studies were conducted on the importance and efficiency of the criminal investigation system, and on the need to integrate written policies, and rules.…show more content…
People may lie or tell half-truths, but this does not mean that they are necessarily criminals. Detectives must stick with a case for as long as they think reasonable, so self discipline is linked with the willingness to persevere.
Detectives must also have strong physical characteristics. They do not have to be a certain height, or weight, or age, but it is important to be a healthy, physically fit individual with adequate vision, and hearing abilities. Good health, and a high energy level are important and beneficial because detective work involves long and demanding hours.
The responsibility to solve crimes belongs to the entire police force. An investigation is a coordinated departmental effort. An investigation relies on the assistance of other individuals and agencies, as well as major assistance coming from the public in obtaining information. A patrol officer is first on the scene of a crime, so detectives become dependent on the prior work of the patrol officer in their preliminary investigation. Patrol officers make an initial decision concerning whether an incident has sufficient grounds to report it.
An investigation of a case can be divided into five parts or steps, and has certain goals to be accomplished. A detective must first establish a case. This entails determining whether a crime has been committed.
Software for Critical Thinking
Software for better decision making
The Idea Emporium
Zany. Fun. Spirited critical thinking.
“Sure, you use the Internet all the time, but you need to wise up to the web when you use it for your university or college work.”
New Zealand-based online store selling thinking skills resources of various kinds. See also the proprietor's blog for reflections on teaching thinking skills.
in Teaching - Resource Sites
Critical Thinking Consortium
"...a non-profit association of institutional partners, school districts, faculties of education, teaching professionals, associations and other educational organizations. Our aim is to promote critical thinking from primary to post-secondary education through professional development, publications and research." [Mar 07]
in Teaching - Resource Sites
Philosophy & Reasoning Network - Tibi Cogitate
A resource site for teachers of philosophy and critical thinking, particularly in the secondary school context. By teachers, for teachers. [13 Feb 07]
"Critical verbiage from Tim van Gelder". My new blog.
in Email Lists and Newsletters
A Google group for discussion of issues relating to the Rationale argument mapping software.
The Argument Mapping Tutorials (see #1 in Top Ten) have been updated with new graphics and made available totally free of charge. What an excellent proposition :)
A classic book in the better thinking/better writing genre is Barbara Minto's The Pyramid Principle. It would be the closest thing to a how-to-think Bible in business and management consulting circles. Unfortunately it seems there are precious few online resources on the Minto approach; if you want the good oil, you have to buy the book (or pay dearly to attend a Minto seminar). However I did come across a couple of very succinct overviews, here and here. [17 Nov 05]
5 Oct 06
in Podcasts (new page)
skepticality - truth in podcasting - The official podcast of Skeptic magazine
"People will believe anything. Why is that? Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view. In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, astronomy, space, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise."
The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe
"The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view."
in Statistics and Probability - Essays
The Vitality of Mythical Numbers by Max Singer
Classic essay about how exaggerated numbers get "made up" and then circulated, and how people fail to ask what they evidence is for them, or whether they are reasonable. [20 Aug 06]
in Argument Mapping - Software
29 Mar 06
"Speaking Validity to Power: A Logical Analysis of Political Media". Regular doses of logical dissection of political rhetoric. By two philosophy professors. [29 Mar 06]
Best Practices for Understanding Quantitative Data by Jonathan G. Koomey
Adapted from Koomey's excellent book Turning Numbers into Knowledge. "When dealing with quantitative data, business analysts must be skeptical, think critically, and assume nothing." [28 Feb 06]
in Fallacies, and Blogs
"Humbug! Online - a blog for iconoclasts"
Wicked stuff. "Regular postings based on fallacies covered in our book Humbug! ... Using a seamless combination of both passion and restraint, we expose erroneous thinking with irony, whimsy, sarcasm, satire, caricature, "distortature" and occasional breathtaking hypocrisy. Humbug! the book is a considered and carefully written commentary on fallacies. Humbug! the blog is less considered, more spontaneous and at times more outrageous. No poppy is too short to be lopped." [16 Feb 06]