MURDER AT PORTOBEACH: THE INVESTIGATION. OFFICE THREE: Jodie Hrycajenko, Aimee McMillan, Lindsay Bohan, Fiona Bruce, Alex Stern, James McHutchon, Tawanda Bvumburai, Nausheen Ahmed, Kathleen Kirschling, Rebecca Plews.
MURDER AT PORTOBEACH: THE INVESTIGATION
Jodie Hrycajenko, Aimee McMillan, Lindsay Bohan, Fiona Bruce, Alex Stern, James McHutchon, Tawanda Bvumburai, Nausheen Ahmed, Kathleen Kirschling, Rebecca Plews.
This report intends to outline the police investigation regarding the spate of murders which have occurred in the city of PortoBeach.
A brief summary will be provided, documenting the main findings from the four week investigation which aided in solving the cases.
Each individual officer will offer a personal account of their main contributions, most challenging issues and transferable skills gained which are considered beneficial for future employability.
Office Three Report
During the first week, members of Office Three completed a personal introduction on the ‘team members’ page.
This included information such as: contact details, skills, interests, and role preference.
This page was completed by all officers apart from two late comers, Alex Stern and Nausheen Ahmed
Case studies were also completed by all members apart from the late comers.
Example cases included those involving infanticide, shootings, partner killings, violent sexual attacks and stabbings.
The Senior Investigating Officer at this point in the investigation was Tawanda Bvumburai.
Due to illness it was necessary to reconsider the role of the SIO; Jodie Hrycajenko filled this role during week 2.
Week One: Gathering Intelligence
Fiona Bruce, Alex Stern
Nausheen Ahmed, Kathleen Kirschling
The statistical analysis of data:
Community Groups in Glasgow:
1. Woman's Support Group
Contact Details: 0141-552-222
2. Routes Out of Prostitution Intervention Team
Contact Details: 0141-276-3971
Community Groups in Florida:
1. Bridgeway Center Inc.
Contact Details: 1-866-395-1680
2. Sex Industry Survivor Anonymous
Contact Details: 888-702-7273
Community Groups in Manchester:
1. Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH)
Contact Details: 0161-212-2022
2. Crisis Point
Contact Details: 0161-839-5030
Impact of Vigilantism:
Key to solving the moral panic:
This task involved circulating information relating to the recent homicides to the citizens of Portobeach via a public press release.
Teams 3’s aim was to quell the growing moral panic which was so obvious in this community.
Most members of the group participated in this task and as a whole decided that the ‘investigating team’ should concentrate more on this particular area.
This included the Public Information Officer (Aimee McMillan), Public Information Coordinator (Lindsay Bohan) and Public Information Researchers (Fiona Bruce and Alex Stern).
WEEK FOUR: Press Release
The group work element was what I struggled with the most. I tend to take
control in situations like these, however, I was lucky enough to work with
some very keen, capable and intelligent students during this task which
in turn revealed our ability to work extremely well as a team.
I have most definitely learned to be more patient and trusting of group
Members. I believe that in the real world these fundamental skills are
My biggest challenge during this project was the teamwork aspect in
general. My first instinct is to go off and do my own thing but in this case
the communication between each officer during each task was key. I had
to really step back, be patient and trust in my team’s abilities.
The real world lesson that I gained from this project is that you can never
know enough that another person’s point of view isn’t useful.
I have found it difficult working in a group where some members have not contributed every
week and have left the majority of the work to other group members. However, the members
who have consistently contributed have worked well as a team to overcome this challenge.
This project has enhanced my collaborative and communicative skills and has enabled me to
apply theoretical knowledge to specific tasks/scenarios. It has also enhanced my organisational
skills as we have had to work to deadlines each week.