By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer for Taction USA
Being an investigator no matter what capacity is rewarding. Most people who have these particular positions do it because they love their work. However, we all know how it gets when we have been too busy and have had too many cases at once. It can be easy to want to hurry up and close a case. But is that the right approach? More often than not, no.
Casework and investigation takes time, attention to detail, and patience for results. Though it would be nice if we could all solve cases as fast as they do on TV, the reality is that closing cases doesn’t happen that way.
When you get in a hurry about a case, you end up missing something important. On the flip side, it isn’t good to sit on a case too long either where leads go cold or you forget what you were working on. Just like everything else in life, balance is key. It will never help anyone if you hurry or if you put tasks off.
Crime scenes take time to process and you have to have that patience to get it done and get it done well. You can’t go back to a scene once it is released, so you must ensure everything is combed over in minute detail the first time.
Fingerprints are another aspect of investigation that takes time and patience to analyze well. Though technology has improved the art of fingerprint analysis, it still does not replace the human eye. You can’t correctly compare a fingerprint in minutes, yet when you take your time and you do get that much desired match it makes it all worth it.
Taking your time to cover the details in investigation is key, and you will thank yourself later for completing tasks with patience.