Understanding Criminal Investigation / Edition 1

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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 debated 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 measurements, 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 relation 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 students with essential insights into the complex and challenging issues faced by contemporary law enforcement professionals.

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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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Product Details

Meet the Author

Stephen Tong is Principal Lecturer in Policing at Canterbury Christchurch University. He is currently engaged in developing new and established police programmes and conducting research involving direct mediation in prison. He is also a member of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing.

Robin P. Bryant is Director of Criminal Justice Practice in the Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies at Canterbury Christchurch University. He has published widely on policing, particularly on the use of intelligence in criminal investigation, and has also advised various police enquiries.

Miranda A. H. Horvath is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Forensic Psychological Services, Middlesex University.  Her research focuses on sexual violence from an applied social psychological perspective.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

List of Abbreviations

1 Introduction: A Brief History of Crime Investigation Stephen Tong Tong, Stephen 1

2 Theories of Criminal Investigation Robin P. Bryant Bryant, Robin P. 13

3 Forms of Reasoning and the Analysis of Intelligence in Criminal Investigation Robin P. Bryant Bryant, Robin P. 35

4 Offender Profiling Miranda A. H. Horvath Horvath, Miranda A. H. 69

5 Eyewitness Evidence Miranda A. H. Horvath Horvath, Miranda A. H. 93

6 Investigative Interviewing Lynsey Gozna Gozna, Lynsey Miranda A. H. Horvath Horvath, Miranda A. H. 115

7 Assessing Performance: Quantity or Quality? Stephen Tong Tong, Stephen 135

8 Criminal Investigation in Context Stephen Tong Tong, Stephen Robin P. Bryant Bryant, Robin P. Miranda A. H. Horvath Horvath, Miranda A. H. 171

9 Professionalising Investigation Stephen Tong Tong, Stephen 197

10 Conclusion: Future Challenges in Criminal Investigation Stephen Tong Tong, Stephen Robin P. Bryant Bryant, Robin P. Miranda A. H. Horvath Horvath, Miranda A. H. 217

References 223

Index 253

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