Understanding Criminal Investigation / Edition 1

Understanding Criminal Investigation / Edition 1

by Stephen Tong, Robin P. Bryant, Miranda A. H. Horvath
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470727263
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Series:
Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law Series, #43
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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 1
Stephen Tong

2 Theories of Criminal Investigation 13
Robin P. Bryant

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

4 Offender Profiling 69
Miranda A. H. Horvath

5 Eyewitness Evidence 93
Miranda A. H. Horvath

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

7 Assessing Performance: Quantity or Quality? 135
Stephen Tong

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

9 Professionalising Investigation 197
Stephen Tong

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

References 223

Index 253

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