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Unit 9 Final Assignment

By: Taria Davis

Kaplan University

CJ293: Investigating Terrorism

Professor Gregory Richter

November 25, 2012

There are four basic approaches every investigator needs to know when dealing with terrorists groups. These techniques can give an investigator the information that is needed with different situations. These techniques are mail cover, the investigative task force, undercover operations, and technical investigative techniques. Of these four techniques the technical investigative is the only one that is not used to prevent an attack.

Mail cover is used to obtain information that is on the outside of correspondences that is sent through the United States Postal Service. These techniques are normally preformed by postal workers and the mail is never opened. Suspicious mail is photographed or copied and then the copy is given to the investigators. The investigators then look for any possible coded message. They also learn to recognize the handwriting. This technique can be used to prevent or intervene in an attack. For example, times for meetings are often written in code on the envelope and once the investigator has this information they can be at this meeting as well.

An investigative task force is another technique that is used. This is when two law enforcement agencies pool their resources to combat terrorists and criminals. Each agency may have different and important information that the other agency needs. Attacks can be prevented when valuable information is shared. For example, one agency has the time and date of the meeting and the other agency knows the location. When they combine this information they can raid the meeting.

The undercover technique is the most basic of all techniques. This is when a member of law…...

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