Let’s Make The Mid-South A Safer Place To Live!
We are in a Homicide/Cold Case Crisis!
According to the FBI crime data, from 1980 – 2019, the USA has accumulated over 269,205 unresolved homicides. In 2016, the national average of solving homicides dropped to its lowest ever of 59.4%. In that same year there were 91 cities that reported 10 or more homicides who were all below the national solve rate.
In the pandemic year of 2020 numerous cities across the nation had significant rises of homicide incidents where it is believed the end of year solve rate will drop well below that of 2016. While 2020 was probably an anomaly for many jurisdictions, several others will not do well unless they increase their ability to solve more cases. Memphis, for example, has been below the national solve rate for the past 10 years.
“Stop the Bleeding at the Source.”
where they first come to the police’s attention, otherwise:
- the number of cold cases will rise exponentially.
- justice will not be served while some continue to commit violent acts.
- families will be left without answers.
- faith in our law enforcement will diminish further.
- concerns over public safety will increase.
- and the cost of these crimes to our cities will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
While the numbers continue to rise, Police departments across the country are understaffed with detectives who are overworked with excessive caseloads and departments are not financially equipped to adequately address the homicides much less the cold case problem.
Therefore, the creation of the Mid-South Cold Case Initiative, a non-profit corporation, specifically designed to help address the problem by providing research, expertise, basic and advanced training and where possible, funding to support their efforts to investigate and solve these cases.
Funds donated to the MS-CCI will be utilized to meet those goals which will help offset some of the issues associated with investigating homicides and cold cases.
This will include:
- Research to develop standards for investigating homicides and cold cases that will increase clearance rates.
- Expert consultations on how to design, operate and manage a cold case unit.
- Funds to conduct expedited (1-2 months) forensic analysis through private certified laboratories. Presently it takes 8-12 months to get DNA results from the State Crime Laboratory.
- Funds to increase rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction of perpetrators.
- Financial assistance to hire crime analysts that can enhance the cold case process.
- Advanced training to homicide and cold case detectives.
- Funds to cover expenses of detectives for travel to interview key witnesses.
- And provide forensic and personal consultations for surviving family members.
While located in the Mid-South, the corporation is available to assist others throughout the country as needed.
Please help us make our communities a safer and better place to visit and live while we serve justice and provide the surviving families with answers.
What Can We Do
The research and experiences of others have clearly identified that the best way to address this problem is through a “dedicated” cold case unit, but today we have reached a critical point where we need to “Stop the Bleeding at the Source” and focus on the incoming cases to get them solved before they become cold.
To accomplish this department leaders need to beef up their homicide units, provide them with advanced training and receive support and assistance from their respective communities. If this doesn’t happen the problem is only going to get worse.
According to the National Institute of Justices (NIJ) best practices guide for implementing and sustaining a cold case investigation unit we cannot afford to wait any longer for these cases to pile up, unresolved leaving so many families without answers.
Support your police department! Donate to the to the Mid-South Cold Case Initiative and we will assist wherever we can.
This initiative was founded by its President, Jim Adcock, PhD.
• Retired Supervisory Special Agent US Army CID
• Served as Chief Deputy Coroner in Columbia, SC
• Former tenured professor, University of New Haven
• An expert on death investigation and the cold case process
• Trained hundreds of detectives on the cold case process
• Reviewed cases and researched the cold case phenomena
• Published three books, one on Cold Cases, one on Death Investigation, both with 2nd Editions, and third Cold Case Protocol, a handbook on how to design, operate and manage a cold case unit.
• Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
• Former Vice-President of AAFS and served on Ethics Committee
• Regular guest lecturer at the Dutch Police Academy in The Netherlands
• Served 4 years on the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Cold Case Working Group to develop a Best Practices guide for Implementing and Sustaining a Cold Case Investigation Unit.