The Case for Investigator Mentoring: The Rochester Experience

One proven method of addressing crime problems is by effective and efficient criminal investigation practices, and the quality of the preliminary investigation has been proven to have a profound impact on the outcome of any case. Research has shown, for instance, that patrol officers trained to investigate crime can close many cases at an early stage. In the Rochester, New York, Police Department, experienced criminal investigators are training patrol officers to conduct preliminary investigations. They deliver the training through the department’s investigator mentoring program.