Gun Violence Resource Hub

Improve Homicide Investigations
Type of Strategy:
Gun violence prevention area(s):

Law enforcement agencies can take several steps to improve homicide investigations and homicide clearance rates. By implementing these best practices, agencies increase the likelihood that a perpetrator will be held accountable for their actions and may subsequently deter other offenders or repeat offenders. Given that many homicides involve guns, improving homicide investigations overall can help to reduce gun violence. We elaborate on many of these best practices, but notably, most successful agencies establish strong trust with the community and collaborations with other law enforcement agencies.

Primary implementing agency:
  • Law enforcement
Potential partnering agencies:
  • Federal law enforcement partners
  • Prosecutors’ offices
Links to evaluation evidence:
  • None/inconclusive, but some strategies, such as problem-oriented policing, are proven to be effective

PSN Pillars

Focused and Strategic Enforcement
  • Types of Strategy

  • Types of Gun Violence