Our federal, state and local criminal justice and policing organizations and systems are looking very good in the fishbowl in which technology is requiring them to work. The whole country and indeed “the whole world’s watching,” as we said in the 1970’s. There is an irony here. The same digital technology that has so enhanced the investigative capacity of the authorities is impelling the news organizations to cover live every breath officials take in the outdoors. The investigators led by one of the true good guys at the federal level, FBI SAC Richard DesLauriers, are managing admirably under what could be pressure. Instead they have used it as an opportunity provide the public optimum feasible transparency.
I think we see evidence of a professional CJ community that understands that procedural justice is a valuable part of the overall formula of excellence in the pursuit of suspects and in the prosecutions of defendants. We have seen policing and investigative work operating on core values as well as core competencies. That’s why I believe people are expressing so much admiration for the cops and the feds.
The task force’s embrace of crowdsourcing is more than evidence of its embrace of transparency. All the evidence from police use of crowdsourcing in the recent past suggests this tactic will provide good results. One expects crowdsourcing to hasten the apprehension of suspects in this case.
The ways in which core values and transparency showed themselves in this case shows how deeply the community has integrated these principles. You always know what someone or an institution really believes when they have to react instantly. This case has been live in TV and every other medium from the get-go. This may be the most taped and photographed crime and crime scene in the Commonwealth’s history. The only way it could have been the focus of more lenses, perhaps, would have been if the murderers had dropped their bags of death in the end zone during a Super Bowl.
By their deeds you shall know them!