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In 1973 the Rand corporation was awarded a grant by the national institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice to conduct a nationwide study of the criminal investigation practices of major metropolitan police agencies. Before the Rand study, the average police officer knew little to nothing about the effectiveness or day to day activities of their investigative units or other departments. The Rand study was a two-year study that focused on police, prosecutors, courts and corrections. It went on to describe on a national scale, current investigative organization and assess the contribution of police investigation to the achievement of criminal justice goals in relation to the effectiveness of new technology and systems that are being adopted. The main focus of the study was the investigation of serious crimes, not including misdemeanors such as drugs, gambling or traffic violations (Thibault, Lynch, McBride & McBride, 2010). Those targeted for this survey were large police agencies who employed over 150 officers. Interviews and observations were conducted in over 25 different departments of the police organization. Data collected from these studies was given to the F.B.I and even used for internal auditing. One of the findings of the Rand study was that investigators spend about 93 percent of their time on activities that do not lead directly to solving previously reported crimes. Meaning that during the time of the encounter and while looking into the case they are not focused on the things that they should be or perhaps looking in the right places. The time is spent reviewing cases, documenting files, locating and interviewing victims or witnesses. There was not much time dedicated to investigator training or management.... ... middle of paper ... ...c relations benefits. When this study was released it was given quite some attention from the media. It certainly got the attention of police officers, some even criticized it saying it was ‘useless’ or tells them what they already know. This study shows that investigative activity plays a minor role in arrest rates, the time spent on paper work, locating witnesses shows the likelihood of that case being solved(Greenwood). References Thibault, E. A., Lynch, L. M., McBride, B. R., & McBride, R. B. (2010). Proactive police management. (8 ed.). Saddle River: Prentice Hall. Allen, J. M. (2010). Administration and management in criminal justice. (1 ed.). California: Sage Publications Inc. Greenwood, P. W. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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