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1st Edition

Criminal Enterprise Investigation

ISBN 9780367877033
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
231 Pages

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Book Description

Many cities, towns, and municipalities across the United States have criminal organizations operating within their jurisdictions. This book gives the investigator a guide to probing, evaluating, and analyzing local criminal organizations, with the goal of disrupting and dismantling criminal operations. Subjects covered include investigative field techniques, identification of enterprise vulnerabilities, and an in-depth look into FBI task forces. Intended for law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals, Criminal Enterprise Investigation provides readers with a critical "how to" guide to overcoming criminal enterprise in their communities.


  • Provides step-by-step guide to dismantling criminal organizations

  • Includes real-life examples of successful investigations

  • Covers a wide range of criminal groups, including domestic terrorists, drug cartels, gangs, white-collar criminals, and robbery and extortion rings

For those working to combat criminal organizations, this book is an essential guide to best practices. Criminal Enterprise Investigation provides the theory, techniques, and real-world examples necessary to overcome criminal activity for those of any level of expertise, from seasoned criminal justice professionals to those just beginning their careers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction - How to Identify, Disrupt, and Dismantle an Enterprise

Section I: BEGIN

Chapter 2: Background
Chapter 3: Identify the Problem
Chapter 4: Build Law Enforcement Working Group
Chapter 5: Basic Training
Chapter 6: Engage the Community.


Chapter 7: Define Enterprise
Chapter 8: Develop an Organizational Chart
Chapter 9: Research Criminal Activity
Chapter 10: Informants and Sources
Chapter 11: Finances
Chapter 12: Vulnerabilities.


Chapter 13: Formalize Task Force
Chapter 14: Target Leaders and their Successors
Chapter 15: Disruption
Chapter 16: Dismantlement
Chapter 17: Warnings/Cautions

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Thomas Trier served 25 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including 13 years in the FBI management program. He attained the rank of the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Intelligence Branch of the FBI Washington Field Office. His primary role while in the Bureau focused heavily on investigating criminal and terrorist enterprises, including extensive service overseas and development of intelligence programs. In addition to his work in the FBI, Trier has also managed security and related projects in the corporate sector and within critical infrastructure facilities.


"Overall, the book achieves exactly what the author hoped to accomplish. It provides guidance on establishing a multi-agency task force, as well as investigative steps to use for dismantling a criminal enterprise."

- Michael Rogan, PCI, senior investigator with Charter Communications