3/2 – Cold Case Investigations with expert Joseph Giacalone

Cold Case Investigations with expert Joseph Giacalone
Air Date: March 2. 2012

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Join us with Joseph L. Giacalone, a law enforcement supervisor with an extensive background in criminal investigations and a specialty in Crime and Deviance. He was also Commanding Officer of the Cold Case Homicide Squad and author of “The Criminal Investigative Function“.

Joseph has a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Crime and Deviance form John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he now serves as an Adjust professor teach many courses in various area of emphasis in the criminal justice field.

Joseph’s 19 year law enforcement career put in in many positions in the force which led to the development of his extensive expertise in various investigation types including; homicide, suicide, missing persons and cold cases. He eventually landed what he considers to be his favorite position severed, Commanding Officer of the Cold Case Homicide Squad. His accomplishments and dedication also earned him the police forces prestigious Medal of Valor.
Show recap:

  • Meet Joseph Giacalone (2:35)
  • Mr. Giacalone shares his background and expertise with us. (4:35)
  • Police Science is defined by Giacalone. (6:35)
  • A prime candidate for becoming a police officer and the things that can disqualify a
  • candidate. (8:30)
  • The use of polygraph tests is discussed. (12:20)
  • The skills needed for a homicide investigator in comparison to those of a cold case
  • investigator. (15:40)
  • Giacalone describes the factors that may affect a cold case. (17:50)
  • When a case becomes cold is discussed. (20:45)
  • The CODIS database is elaborated on by Giacalone. (22:33)
  • The DNA Bill and Familial DNA are discussed. (22:50)
  • The CSI effect in relation to media and court jurors and even crime victims today is
  • discussed. (33:33)
  • The myths of CSI (35:00)
  • The length of time spent on a cold case by investigators is addressed by Mr. Giacalone. (40:25)
  • Joseph Giacalone’s book, “The Criminal Investigative Function” is discussed. (48:45)
  • Joseph Giacalone’s blog: www.coldcasesquad.com and follow him on twitter@coldcasesquad. (50:00)

About behindtheyellowtape

Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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