Journal Article

Multiple Suspect Showing: A Survey of Police Identification Officers

Zoe Hobson, Rachel Wilcock and Tim Valentine

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 79-87
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Multiple Suspect Showing: A Survey of Police Identification Officers

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The number of multiple perpetrator crimes being committed is increasing both in the UK and around the world. In response to this, the number of multiple perpetrator identifications parades (‘multiple suspect showings’) conducted by the police in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are increasing. However, at present in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Police and Criminal EvidenceAct, Codes of Practice (2011) provides little guidance for the procedures of ‘multiple suspect showings’. This research involved a questionnaire sent to the identification unit of each police force across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. With 29 responses, it is clear to see the variants across forces with regards to procedure and instructions given. The affects of these deviations from the guidelines for eyewitness identification performance are discussed. Suggestions for improvements to the current procedures are also examined.

Journal Article.  4098 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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