The investigative mindset: a critical review

Petter, Rachel (2013) The investigative mindset: a critical review. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The investigative mindset is an investigative technique that detectives are encouraged to adopt in order to remain open minded throughout the process of an investigation. Its application can lessen the risks of detectives making premature decisions and developing personal biases. Premature decision making is often cited as a common cause for miscarriages of justice. Therefore any technique that could lessen that risk is extremely important to the investigative process and should be critically discussed and evaluated to assess how it can be improved.
    Detectives should remain open minded throughout the completion of an investigation and create a number of different alternative explanations of what could of occurred. This is important as if investigators were to settle on one explanation when others were still feasible then they risk missing the real explanation of a criminal offence. Detectives should explore all the possibilities in an investigation through the constant evaluation of evidence and the generation of creative hypotheses. An open minded approach to criminal investigation can heighten the overall standard of detective work and lower the risk of investigative errors.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 15:24
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:26

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