Investigative Resources by Topic

Investigative Resources


The NRTAC compiles investigative resources produced by various criminal justice organizations, researchers, and practitioners. We provide publications, web resources, and information about organizations, such as Spotlight, that provide assistance to law enforcement in their investigations.

Case Management

Child Abuse Investigations

Financial Crimes Investigations

Forensic Science

Forensic Science


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE)

The NIJ FTCoE is committed to improving the practice and strengthening the impact of forensic science through rigorous technology corroboration, evaluation, and adoption; effective knowledge transfer and education; and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime.

Human Trafficking Investigations

Human Trafficking Investigations


Spotlight – A Tool to Improve Sex Trafficking Investigations

Spotlight is a web-based application that helps law enforcement prioritize leads in their sex trafficking investigations. There are over 150,000 escort ads posted daily, and Spotlight takes this massive amount of data and turns it into an asset for law enforcement.

Access is available for free to law enforcement agencies and can be requested at:

Robbery Investigations