Unlike what viewers see on television and in the movies, homicides are not solved in an hour and most detectives are not attractive models dressed in Armani and Ann Taylor suits. They don't stand around posing in black outfits looking cool. Likewise, a homicide investigation is not a one-man show. In the real world, the investigation of a violent death is an enormous endeavor involving dozens of detectives and specialists laboring together over long periods of time. Usually, it is tedious and tiring work. Anyone taking sole credit for solving a homicide is misguided and performing a disservice to all the hardworking men and women who meshed their abilities for the common goal of achieving justice for the victim.
Arrogance has no place in an investigation. A "know-it-all-investigator" probably has many unsolved cases. A good homicide detective should be self-assured but he is also aware of his limitations and will seek assistance from others, listen attentively to new ideas, and follow the advice of trusted associates.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE ANALYSIS, which is a catchall term encompassing several investigative spheres of expertise including CRIMINAL PROFILING, is not a magical panacea for solving cases. Criminal Profilers do not suddenly appear at a crime scene dispensing brilliant tidbits of divine wisdom which crack the investigation wide open.
Criminal Profiling is merely another weapon in the investigator’s arsenal.
Gathered in this photograph are real homicide investigators, young and old, thick and thin. Retired NYPD detective Lt. Vernon Geberth (fourth from left) with Virginia State Police Violent Crime Agents (left to right) Chuck Eaton, Joe Ritchie, Stan Gregg, (Geberth), Kenneth Morris, Dino Cappuzzo. Notice no one is posing, there are no cool looks, no attitudes, no nonsense.
The Virginia State Police
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
General Investigation Section
The Virginia State Police provides a thorough and comprehensive investigation of all criminal matters mandated by statute and established Department policy through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
The Bureau is mandated to investigate any matter referred by the Governor. The Attorney General, commonwealth's attorneys, chiefs of police, sheriffs and grand juries may request the Department to investigate matters that constitute Class 1, 2 or 3 felonies.
The Bureau also conducts investigations of elected officials when directed by the Governor, Attorney General or grand juries.
The Bureau consists of the Criminal Intelligence Division and the Support Services Division, General Investigation Section, and Drug Enforcement Section`. Seven field offices, located around Virginia, investigate crimes and provide specialized technical and forensic support.
The General Investigation Section (GIS) is served by seven Field Offices, commanded by a Captain, two Lieutenants and four to six First Sergeants. Each Field Office employs from 10 to 25 Special Agents.
In addition to conducting investigations initiated by the Virginia State Police, a major priority of BCI is to provide specialized assistance to local law enforcement agencies. Special agents regularly assist local law enforcement agencies as needed for major crime investigations.
Special Agents investigate the following types of crimes and/or participate in the following activities:
- Class 1, 2 & 3 Felony Crimes
- Bomb and Explosive-related matters
- Auto theft
- Fugitive apprehension
- Violent and serial crimes
- Crisis Negotiation
- Crime Scene Examination
- Environmental crimes
- National White-Collar Crime Center
- Insurance Fraud
- Organized crime
- Requests for investigations from the Governor, Attorney General, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Grand Juries, Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs throughout the Commonwealth
- Investigation of other classes of crimes is discresionary
The above information was copied from the VSP website at http://www.vsp.state.va.us/
THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BEHAVIORAL UNIT
The Virginia State Police Criminal Behavioral Assessment Services consists of two special agents certified as Criminal Profilers by the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF). These agents assist various law enforcement agencies by assessing and evaluating various forms of criminal behavior. Criminal activities conducive to profiling techniques include single and multiple victim homicide, sexual assault, rape, criminal sexual deviancy, abduction, serial arson and bombing, and the conveyance of threatening correspondence. Additional duties for SSA Morris include crisis/hostage negotiating and examining bloodstain patterns at crime scenes.