Understanding Criminal Investigation. Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law

  • ID: 1240796
  • Book
  • 294 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Understanding Criminal Investigation presents a critical assessment and in–depth analysis of current investigative practices utilized in the UK. Moving beyond the restrictive framework provided by legal texts, the book instead focuses on key issues and debates surrounding such topics as the history of policing, theories of investigations, and reasoning.

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.

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List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

About the Authors xi

Series Preface xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgements xix

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

References 223

Index 253

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""This book will therefore be of very real interest to a wide range of uniformed services, most especially the police. The book is also very helpfully designed so that it lends itself for use as a practical teaching guide . . . The use of chapter summaries, review questions, suggested further reading, and useful websites are also very helpful in getting to grips with the subject." (A Journal of Policy and Practice, 12 July 2011)

"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)

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