Journal Article

Witness Care: Informing Witnesses about Identification Parades

Rachel Wilcock and David Crossley

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 5, issue 1, pages 49-55
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online June 2010 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/paq017
Witness Care: Informing Witnesses about Identification Parades

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Eyewitness identification evidence is highly influential for jurors and as such plays a crucial role in investigations. However, data reported in this paper suggest that potential witnesses have mistaken perceptions that identification parades in the UK are shown as live parades when in fact they are shown on videotape. This mistaken perception may prevent some people from going through with an identification procedure for fear of coming face to face with the perpetrator they witnessed. To ameliorate this potential situation this paper discusses the development and description of a multimedia witness care DVD which aims to inform witnesses about identification procedures in England and Wales.

Journal Article.  3591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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