This Is the Police Articles RSS Feed | This Is the Police RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network This Is the Police - The Dentist investigation guide Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:26:16 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The Dentist serial killer case is a big wall for many This Is the Police players. Not because they can't progress the game without solving it but because of the compulsion to finish it capture the culprit. It just doesn't feel right not to take him down.

The Dentist investigation is a long one. You get postcards from the Dentist himself, from which you need to discern clues from to figure out where he's stashed the next piece of evidence. You have one day to do it, and once you do you wait a few days for the next postcard and repeat the process for a total of 15 frames.

This guide is first going to tell you the locations you need to check for evidence, then will tell you the correct order of frames for the solution at the end of the investigation.

The snitch officer

One thing to note is that you need to deal with whatever officer is threatening to take your evidence to the FBI. Remember: If the FBI takes over the investigation the Dentist will go free.

You'll only have one officer threatening to give up the evidence and it happens relatively early in the investigation. You can fire them or you can have either Sands or Vargas (depending on which you sided with) take them out for a meager sum.

If you choose to have them killed, bear in mind that the mafia sets up the crime trap the day after you arrange for it to be done. Speak with the mafia the day before the snitch will be in for work.

Collecting evidence

Each postcard the Dentist sends you is meant to point you in the direction of the next piece of evidence. The postcard clues are a little obtuse but make sense if you may more attention to the images' details rather than their setting.

Each piece of evidence you collect will be used after you have all of them in your possession. This guide does not include evidence images and only provides answers to reach the end of this investigation.

Card #1

The correct location to investigate is Holy House Pizza.

Card #2

The correct location to investigate is Fortune Bank.

Card #3

 The correct location to investigate is the funeral home. (Forgot the actual name.)

Card #4

The correct location to investigate is Wooden Horse Toy Store.

Card #5

The correct location to investigate is Gorgon Hair Salon. (I believe that's the name.)

Reconstructing the Dentist's MO

It's time to reconstruct the Dentist's MO if you've collected all the evidence and gotten this far. This is one of the many instances where the game makes no qualms about putting you in a situation you can't get out of -- if you choose the wrong frames before you go into the reconstruction phase, you're locked out of solving the case unless you exit to main menu and load a previous date to do it again.

You have to figure out which frame out of three, per card, is the correct one based off the evidence you have collected. The frames you choose should be purely based off the evidence and is not hinted at by the cards in any way.

Card #1 correct frame

The yellow fabric evidence points to the murderer wearing the yellow-orange holy pizza jacket.

Card #2 correct frame

The police car toy evidence points to the nightstick, a common weapon for police officers, being the murder weapon.

Card #3 correct frame

The Bible you got as evidence is adorned with chains, pointing to chains being the Dentist's chosen restraints.

Card #4 correct frame

The latex gloves you found as evidence may make you think to choose the card with the gloves, but the Dentist would need to wear latex gloves to pull the rope around the victims' necks without hurting his hands.

Card #5 correct frame

The note you collected as evidence for card 5 tells you that you've found everything you need -- this is the only frame that fits the bill.

The sequence

Once you've chosen all five of the frames above, click "Open Sequence" and get ready to put them together based on the information given.

The sequence is actually in the same order as the cards. But for a recap, here's it written out:

  1. The Dentist poses as a pizza guy from Holy Pizza House
  2. He knocks the victim out using a nightstick
  3. He then restraints the victim with chains
  4. The Dentist then strangled the victim to death using rope
  5. He drills the victim's teeth after death (the victim is blindfolded)

And with that you've solved the case of the Dentist! What happens from here is for you to find out, but now you can take on the Dentist with confidence and information on your side. Do you really think this will stave off your retirement, Mr. Boyd?

If you're having trouble with some of the game's other investigations and want some help be sure to check out my in-progress This Is the Police investigations guide, complete with sequence pictures. Even you need help sometimes, Jack.

This Is the Police detective case investigations guide Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:58:37 -0400 Ashley Shankle

There are a lot of things to get frustrated about in This Is the Police. Send some officers out to a simple call and have one of them die? Check. City Hall riding your back and cutting funding? Check. Investigations seeming impossible? Double check.

It's not totally mandatory that you finish investigations. Chances are, there are going to be a few you never finish. Your detectives may take an eternity to find all the frames, you may never figure out the order of an investigation's frames, your officers may fail to catch the suspect once it's all said and done. And let's not get into full gang investigations.

The first big issue you run into past the three-frame investigations is your detectives not being able to get all of the frames you need to come up with the solution. This really gets some players, and admittedly sometimes it takes entirely too long to get all the frames even with a few detectives on the case.

One thing to note is you cannot see new investigation opportunities if all your detectives are working cases. If you'd like to get more investigations sometimes it's best to have one detective free just to have new ones appear on the map.

Can't get the frames? Put your detectives to work

If you can't solve an investigation and you think (or know) you need more frames, you need to place more detectives on the case. You can put detectives from both A and B shifts on a case regardless of the shift the case was started on. The more detectives on a case, the better.

Don't forget that your detectives' ability to solve investigations is directly tied to their professionalism, though even detectives with professionalism in the high hundreds can find new frames at a snail's pace. Always remember you can go to your Deputy and send your officers out to the police academy to increase their professionalism, even your detectives.

Investigation solutions

The investigation solution images below are not all you have to solve in This Is the Police, they are simply the ones I finished and remembered to screenshot. I'm playing through a new game so I will be adding investigations I forgot to include here as I push forward through once again.

[Added 1 additional case August 18]

Arson (3 puzzle frames)

Robbery (3 puzzle frames)

Homicide (3 puzzle frames)

Receiving stolen property (Red Mask Gang investigation) (3 puzzle frames)

Sale of stolen property (Red Mask Gang) (3 puzzle frames)

Hit and run (4 puzzle frames)

Drug possession (Atala Funeral Home Gang) (4 puzzle frames)

Theft (5 puzzle frames)

Theft (5 puzzle frames)

Hit and run (5 puzzle frames)

Drug sales (5 puzzle frames)

Homicide (5 puzzle frames)

Drug trafficking (Atala Funeral Home Gang) (5 puzzle frames)

Homicide (6 puzzle frames)

Drug possession (6 puzzle frames)

Rape (8 puzzle frames)

Double homicide (8 puzzle frames)

Vargas investigation (Vicus Vargas gang) (8 puzzle frames)

As mentioned these are by no means all the investigations you have to solve in This Is the Police, and there are certainly gaps. Missing investigations will be filled out to some extent as I push through my second playthrough. For now this is it, but hopefully these solutions will come in handy.

I've also worked up a guide on the Dentist investigation, starting from hunting down the evidence and ending at the frames and sequence needed to figure out his MO. It's not perfect but it does the job.