Police officers all across the world put their lives on the line for the well being of people that they have never even met before and will probably never see again: complete strangers. Whether it be by giving tickets to people that are breaking the law, something that is seemingly as unimportant as speeding, not stopping at stop signs, or even jaywalking, or something more serious like protecting both the safety and civil liberties of the public, and solving crimes, it is absolutely essential for officers to be efficient and trained in looking for clues. But what are clues? I guess there are many different explanations of them, but the first thing that comes to my mind is a puzzle. In a way clues are like puzzle pieces. Alone, they look like they don’t fit or are unimportant, but if you use your brain and draw similarities and put them together, they miraculously fit together, thus creating a bigger picture or even solving a mystery. For example, if I were to be in charge of solving a crime, I would spend a lot of time looking for clues or hints that could potentially aid me in finding the truth of the matter.
Today, in 2014, there are many more ways of finding clues that there used to be due to new technological advances. For instance, I could search people’s social media pages as well as talk to people that were around during the time that I’m investigating along with people that witnessed the event. I could also search the location for clues. The reason to do this is that if I was trying to prove that a suspect burned a neighbor’s house down, by talking to people and searching the location, I could multiple different clues. For example, if I were talking to a witness, they could tell me one of three different things. They could tell me that they were with the person that night and so they therefore couldn’t have done it, they could tell me that they have no idea what he was doing, or they could straight up tell me that they did indeed see the man light the building on fire. All of these answers provide clues that bring me closer to finding the truth of the matter. If I were to search the location, I could find footprints, that may or may not resemble that of the suspect or I could find fingerprints. These are just a few possibilities of many of different types of clues.
Overall, knowing what clues are and how to search for them is increasingly important for police officers, especially in 2014, when technology is abundant and general laziness is increasing.