An exploratory study into the interaction between the police and psychics during a police investigation

Hope, Colin (2015) An exploratory study into the interaction between the police and psychics during a police investigation. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation sought to explore the interaction between psychics and the police during a missing person or major crime investigation. This is an under researched topic. Little understanding of the nature of these interactions exists and more needs to be understood, particularly regarding the implications for those involved. The study was exploratory in nature, orientated towards capturing the views and experience of officers and personnel engaged in the management of cases that can be among the most emotive and challenging.
    Primary data was obtained through the application of a mixed methods, predominantly qualitative, approach. The research methods used included self-administered questionnaires, semi structured interviews and a quantitative survey. The sample group was made up specifically of officers and personnel who had relevant experience of cases of this type. Secondary data was also sought by way of a literature review, to provide background and context.
    The study identified that police in the United Kingdom do not solicit contact with psychics. However, it was established that such contact is experienced. It was found that policy and guidance is limited in providing support in this regard and that whilst a generic approach is not to initiate a response to information received from a psychic, operational responses are however prompted. This can lead to a diversion of resources and a negative impact upon the welfare of a family of the missing person or loved one.
    A body of evidence was established that may assist in supporting decision making in the future. Further research is also required in this area, particularly with regards to the experience of families. The motivation and motives of the psychic should also be investigated. In this way, a more rounded picture and understanding of what is an unusual but nevertheless significant occurrence will be achieved.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 11:55
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 11:55

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