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Behavioural investigative advice: assistance to investigative decision-making in difficult-to-detect murder

Cole, Terri and Brown, Jennifer (2014) Behavioural investigative advice: assistance to investigative decision-making in difficult-to-detect murder. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11 (3). pp. 191-220. ISSN 1544-4759

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Identification Number: 10.1002/jip.1396


This paper considers the role of a Behavioural Investigative Adviser (BIA) in assisting with the decision-making of a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in difficult-to-detect murder investigations. It outlines the need for transparent evidence-based decision-making from both the SIO and the BIA. The paper then details a piece of relevant, applied research that can assist in this end. The research utilised a pragmatic psychology approach to analyse 312 detected murder cases from the Serious Crime Analysis Section database. Some significant patterns relating what is known about the offence at different stages of an investigation and inferences regarding the offender were found, indicating that certain offence information can lead to some reliable predictions and these can be refined as more information becomes available. However, the findings also indicate that base rate frequencies and a 'best-guess' methodology may be as, if not more, useful than more complex statistical techniques when providing advice to investigations.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 14:26
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:55

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