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Apache Junction police to form cold case unit

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 8:47 am

The Apache Junction Police Department is launching a cold case unit with the hope of cracking unsolved cases.

The criminal investigations division of the police department announced on Thursday that it is launching a cold case unit with the help of Randy Stricker, a seasoned law enforcement officer, to review violent felonies, missing persons and runaway juveniles.

Stricker, who has been instrumental in training other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States on how to develop cold case units and conduct unresolved homicide investigations, was the department’s first cold case volunteer. Stricker was the supervisor of the Cold Case Homicide Unit for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensions after working as patrol officer and a detective, according to Apache Junction Police.

Stricker firmly believed that a cold case unit is necessary to help solve crimes and get closure for families and victims.

“Victims deserve answers and we need to hold the guilty accountable,” Stricker said. “Due to the current caseload of Apache Junction police detectives, it is difficult to dedicate the time to dated cases that did not have leads. It is not to say that all of the cases will be solved, but I have the time, background and knowledge to look at cases in depth, apply today’s technology and hopefully develop new leads for detectives.”

As the department’s cold case unit expands, additional volunteers will be sought with a background in law enforcement.

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