Contributions from a psychological perspective include eyewitness testimony, interviewing and profiling, performance measurement, and the broader impact of the criminal justice system on investigative practice. Other topics addressed include the investigation of sexual offences, the use of forensic science, and issues relating to police and detective training and professionalism.
The book also explores the theoretical underpinnings of detective practices and illustrates the practical relevance of theory in real world crime investigations. Review questions and suggestions for further reading follow each chapter to further enhance understanding.
Utilized in conjunction with appropriate law texts, Understanding Criminal Investigation provides the criminology or forensic psychology student with essential insights into the complex and challenging issues faced by contemporary law enforcement professionals.
List of Figures and Tables vii
List of Abbreviations ix
About the Authors xi
Series Preface xiii
1 Introduction: A Brief History of Crime Investigation 1Stephen Tong
2 Theories of Criminal Investigation 13Robin P. Bryant
3 Forms of Reasoning and the Analysis of Intelligence in Criminal Investigation 35Robin P. Bryant
4 Offender Profiling 69Miranda A. H. Horvath
5 Eyewitness Evidence 93Miranda A. H. Horvath
6 Investigative Interviewing 115Lynsey Gozna and Miranda A. H. Horvath
7 Assessing Performance: Quantity or Quality? 135Stephen Tong
8 Criminal Investigation in Context 171Stephen Tong, Robin P. Bryant and Miranda A. H. Horvath
9 Professionalising Investigation 197Stephen Tong
10 Conclusion: Future Challenges in Criminal Investigation 217Stephen Tong, Robin P. Bryant and Miranda A. H. Horvath
"The book would be very useful to students in subjects such as criminology or forensic psychology, giving them an insight into the complex and challenging issues faced by contemporary law enforcement professionals". (Jane′s Police Review, 10 December 2010)