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Eyewitness identification procedures for multiple perpetrator crimes: a survey of police in Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands

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Tupper, N and Sauerland, M and Sauer, JD and Hope, L, Eyewitness identification procedures for multiple perpetrator crimes: a survey of police in Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Psychology, Crime and Law ISSN 1068-316X (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/1068316X.2019.1611828

Abstract

A considerable proportion of crimes involve multiple perpetrators. Yet, little is known about how police officers construct, administer, and record eyewitness identification procedures for multiple suspects. An online survey of law enforcement agents in Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands (N = 51) was conducted to obtain an initial understanding of police perceptions of prevalence and characteristics of multiple perpetrator crimes, and to examine identification procedure practices given the little to no guidance provided for police. Practice converged when it came to the use of sequential, photographic lineups, but diverged between and within countries on whether or not suspects of multiple perpetrator crimes should be placed in separate lineups. Results specifically highlight contextual cuing as one critical area for future research in identification for multiple perpetrator crimes (i.e. placing multiple suspects in the same lineup or asking eyewitnesses to look for a specific suspect).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multiple perpetrator crime, multiple suspects, eyewitness identification, lineup, police practice
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Forensic Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
UTAS Author:Sauer, JD (Dr Jim Sauer)
ID Code:134102
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-07-25
Last Modified:2019-08-06
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