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Understanding Criminal Investigation

Understanding Criminal Investigation

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

ISBN: 978-0-470-68237-1

Aug 2009

294 pages



This comprehensive volume deciphers investigative process and practice, providing an authoritative insight into key debates and contemporary issues in crime investigations
  • Provides critical examination of investigative practice by focusing on the key issues and debates underpinned by academic literature on crime investigation
  • Outlines the theoretical explanations that provide an understanding of crime investigation and the context in which investigators operate
  • Illustrates the practical relevance of theoretical contributions to crime investigation
  • Places clear emphasis on the multi-disciplinary nature of crime investigation

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

""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)

""A valuable contribution to understanding the process of criminal investigation and demystifying detective work'--Professor Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminology Justice, King's College London