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Simpson Linnik Investigation Review (4)

Simpson Linnik Investigation Review (4)

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September9,2011Mayor
and
CouncilCity
of
Tacoma
747 MarketStreet,Suite 1200Tacoma, Washington 98402-3766
Mark
S.
Simpson6009 LakehurstArlington,
Texas
76016mss326@hotmail.com
Re:
Independent Review
of
the
Tacoma Police Department's
lina
Linnik InvestigationDearMayor andCouncil:Pursuant
to
the
contract approved on June
24,
2011
between the
City
of
Tacomaandmyself,a comprehensivereview
of
the investigation into
lina
Linnik'sabduction andmurder has beencompleted.
An
extensive
written
report detailing the
case
is
enclosed
for
yourreview. The
report
includesseveralpolicy
and
process recommendations designed
to
strengthenthe effectiveness
of
the
Tacoma PoliceDepartment and improve the public trust.Childabductions and homicide
cases
aresome
of
the
most challengingcrimesany law enforcementofficialwillever
be
asked
to
investigate. Between 1996 and 1997,
lied
the
AmberHagerman
Task
Forceand
investigation in Arlington,
Texas,
andhad
the
honor
of
being instrumental in creating
the
AMBER
Alert system
that
has
sincebeenadoptednationwide.
As
in the Amber Hagerman
case,
the
lina
Linnikinvestigationwas anextremely emotional, high-profilecase
that
scarred
the
community.
Since
theabduction andmurder
oflina
Linnik,
the
Tacoma Police Department
has
made a number
of
significant improvements
to
its response capacityand investigative capabilitiesin dealing
with
abducted
or
endangered missing children. Should the Tacoma Police Department adopt
the
ChildAbductionResponse Team
(CART)
concept
as
an
integral part
of
itschild abductionresponse plan,
the
TacomaPolice Departmentwillhaveacomprehensivechildrecovery strategy. Discussions
of
the
improvementsimplemented by
the
Police Departmentsince
lina
Linnik'sabduction
can
be
foundon
pages
33-35
ofthe
report under the
headings
of
tlConciusion"
and
"Summary.
I
During my more than 36yearsin lawenforcementand relatedconsultingassignments, I have
had
thepleasure
of
working
with
some
of
the finest, most dedicated professionalsin
the
industry.Afterconductingmultiple personal interviews
and
hours
of
in-depth research,
it
is
apparent
that
the
men and
 
women
of
the
Tacoma Police Department are
true
professionals who take
their commitment
to
serveandprotect very seriously. The recommendations included
in
this report will
further
support
their
commitment.
I
truly
appreciate
the opportunity
to
serve the City
of
Tacoma through this project and I look forward
to
the
continued improvement and
success
of
the
Tacoma Police Department.Sincerel
y,
Mark S.SimpsonConsultant
 
Tacoma,
Washington
Police Case
Study:
A
Comprehensive
Review of the
Zinaida
"Zina"
Linnik
Kidnapping
and MurderInvestigation
Mark S.SimpsonSeptember
20
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