Investigations – First Response V Investigation Outcomes
Law enforcement and regulatory agencies continue to implement “first response” technology to enable them to provide rapid response to the call for assistance or response to a complaint. However a rapid response to complaints is only partially meeting community expectations. Community expectations in relation to the criminal justice process (i.e. from complaint to investigation outcomes) could safely be assumed to be
- Rapid response to a call for assistance or a complaint
2. Ease of process to lodge a complaint
- 3. Investigation of the complaint
- 4. Efficiency of the investigation and its finalisation
- 5. Quality of the investigation outcome
As initially stated in this article, law enforcement and regulatory agencies have made significant advantages in first response technology. However, more often than not, the adoption of technology in law enforcement agencies and regulatory agencies is focused on the first response (recording of the complaint) and not the actual investigation management (criminal justice process) .
The complainant may be initially encouraged with ease and efficiency the agency applies to responding and recording a complaint but unless the matter is satisfactorily resolved in an acceptable time frame, the initial satisfaction of the processing of the complaint is quickly overwriting by the frustration of the lengthy period of investigation and resolution of the complaint.
Admittedly, agency investigations are not completely void of technology innovations, but often those innovations are focused on data analytics (intelligence) and major incidents (task management) which form only a small percentage of the actual investigative activities that are undertaken by the majority of investigators within an agency.
Community expectations, although partly met by a rapid response and acknowledgement of their complaint, are primarily satisfied by the efficiency and quality of the investigation outcomes.
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