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Stay Out of the Forest

The world is a scary place. I think every generation says this, but it seems super relevant right now. Life in DFW, as we knew it, turned on a dime in 2016 when 5 police officers were killed in a deadly ambush. Dallas has stayed in the crosshairs of seemingly higher than normal crime rates since that time. There have been publicized issues with both DPD & DFD pensions. A new police chief took over. Billboards went up offering Dallas law enforcement officers less issues and more money in San Antonio. Even now, Dallas’ police department is understaffed, and its crime rate continues to rise. Scary, right? Sorry. My intent isn’t to frighten you. Today I’d like to talk about how some of the country’s law enforcement elite think crime fighting will play out in the future. Spoiler alert: it has a lot to do with podcasts. What’s a podcast you say? I tried podcasts once and I didn’t like them, you say? Just hang on. Wait until you hear what I’m about to tell you!

Contra Costa County (California) lead cold case investigator Paul Holes has done many things in his career, but you would only know him for one. He cracked the Golden State Killer case. For years, Paul Holes assimilated information, analyzed decades of case histories, and finally utilized a familial DNA database to end the reign of alleged perpetrator Joseph DeAngelo and his estimated 10-12 murders, 45 sexual assaults, & 120 residential burglaries. The now retired Mr. Holes says he succeeded (pending the conviction of DeAngelo) by turning everything he thought he knew about investigations upside down. Nothing was routine in this case. Nothing was normal. All stones were turned, then repositioned 500 times, then turned again. He credits his work with late true crime author Michelle McNamara as his pivotal point. A cop working with an author?

 

 

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