because I treasure my netanonymity.
I moved from street-level investigations to the processing of information gathered by others about ongoing criminal enterprises. In the end, I spent
most of my time coordinating with reps from state and fed law enforcement for ongoing cases, and prepping cases for the DA's office.
I think the article posted here was "and article about an article." it was the basic stuff that the information officer would fax to local news
One of the biggest problems with major investigations is figuring out what to release to the media, since you're never really sure what will be
Even tiny things, like "he" instead of "the suspect" can give the media central information that can interfere with a case. And the major crime
associations, like drug sydicates, carefully read every word published by police.
Suppose you told the media how you caught this guy. I.e., the feds called your office because this dude's Uncle Samir back in Egypt got a weird
letter, and called the American FBI. And you say so. Now, the leader of his terrorist cell has just learned that you have no idea that there's a
terrorist plot right under your nose. So the imam is confident that they can continue their plans, and you have no clue. They will also instruct
this suspect's lawyer to tell him that he must claim to be a "lone nut," in order to save the rest of the Memphis operation.
Does this happen? all the time.
I had a newspaper man call our office, asking for details about a white pickup we had supposedly impounded. I keep telling the guy we have had no
impounds in the last 6 hours, since I came on shift. The guy is arguing with me, and accuses me of lying. We trade professional put-downs. During
the phonecall, a clerk interrupts me to tell me that a white pickup was just reported by a security guard in back of a MegaloMart in our area, with a
dead body in it, and what will turn out to be coc aine residue all over the inside of the cab. Guess who called the newspaper guy? The sworn
enemy of the dead dude in the pickup . . .
So yeah, even the way you choose to "no comment" sends a message.
And if you say "no comment" every single time, they never even listen when you have a press release. The media can censure your department, and
deprive you of a voice in the community, unless you "cooperate" with them, at least sometimes.
By the way, I'm not a "Leo" anymore. I became an "aquarius" back about 1998 as far as you know.
went to grad school in another field.
[edit on 19-9-2005 by dr_strangecraft]