Criminal Investigative Failures (Hardcover)

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Criminal Investigative Failures (Hardcover)


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Avoid Major Investigative Traps

What causes competent and dedicated investigators to make avoidable mistakes, jeopardizing the successful resolution of their cases? Authored by a 21-year police veteran and university research professor, Criminal Investigative Failures comprehensively defines and discusses the causes and problems most common to failed investigations. More importantly, it outlines realistic strategies for avoiding investigative pitfalls.

Illuminated with case studies, this practical resource examines three main reasons for investigative failure:

Cognitive biases, such as tunnel vision, that lead to mistakes in reasoning

Organizational traps, such as groupthink, that investigators fall prey to within their agencies

Probability errors, such as the prosecutor's fallacy, in forensic science and criminal profiling

The Dangers of Assumptions and Organizational Ego

Authoritative contributors from a variety of disciplines elaborate on the aforementioned core points with commentary and case studies of well-known crimes. Written in a quick-to-grasp style, this useful text provides practical advice for avoiding investigative failures. It is an invaluable reference for investigators looking to prevent future failures of justice and find the truth.

Product Details ISBN: 9781420047516
ISBN-10: 1420047515
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 15th, 2008
Pages: 400
Language: English