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Eyewitness Evidence a Guide for Law Enforcement

By Travis, Jeremy

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Title: Eyewitness Evidence a Guide for Law Enforcement  
Author: Travis, Jeremy
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Language: English
Subject: Law., Law & economy, Litigation and arbitration
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Publisher: Department of Justice

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Travis, J. (n.d.). Eyewitness Evidence a Guide for Law Enforcement. Retrieved from http://community.ebooklibrary.org/


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Legal Reference Publication

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Excerpt: Message from the Attorney General. Eyewitnesses frequently plays a vital role in uncovering the truth about a crime. The evidence they provide can be critical in identifying, charging, and ultimately convicting suspected criminals. That is why it is absolutely essential that eyewitness evidence be accurate and reliable. One way of ensuring we, as investigators, obtain the most accurate and reliable evidence from eyewitnesses is to follow sound protocols in our investigations. Recent cases in which DNA evidence has been used to exonerate individuals convicted primarily on the basis of eyewitness testimony have shown us that eyewitness evidence is not infallible. Even the most honest and objective people can make mistakes in recalling and interpreting a witnessed event; it is the nature of human memory. This issue has been at the heart of a growing body of research in the field of eyewitness identification over the past decade. The National Institute of Justice convened a technical working group of law enforcement and legal practitioners, together with these researchers, to explore the development of improved procedures for the collection and preservation of eyewitness evidence within the criminal justice system.

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CONTENTS Message From the Attorney General .............................................................. iii Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence ....................................... v Acknowledgments ............................................................................................ vii Introduction ........................................................................................................ 1 Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement ................................... 11 Section I: Initial Report of the Crime/First Responder (Preliminary Investigator) ............................................................ 13 A. Answering the 9?1?1/Emergency Call (Call-Taker/Dispatcher) ......................................................... 13 B. Investigating the Scene (Preliminary Investigating Officer) .... 14 C. Obtaining Information From the Witness(es) ........................... 15 Section II: Mug Books and Composites.............................................. 17 A. Preparing Mug Books .............................................................. 17 B. Developing and Using Composite Images ............................... 18 C. Instructing the Witness ............................................................. 19 D. Documenting the Procedure ..................................................... 20 Section III: Procedures for Interviewing the Witness by the Followup Investigator .................................................................... 21 A. Preinterview Preparations and Decisions ................................. 21 B. Initial (Preinterview) Contact With the Witness ....................... 22 C. Conducting the Interview ......................................................... 22 D. Recording Witness Recollections ............................................. 23 E. Assessing the Accuracy of Individual Elements of a Witness? Statement................................................................. 24 F. Maintaining Contact With the Witness ..................................... 25

 

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