Sergeant Paul B. Carroll (Ret.) and Captain Ken Patenaude (Ret.)
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The importance of eyewitness identification cannot be overstated. It has been the primary piece of evidence used in trials across the country for over a century. There is nothing more compelling to a jury than a victim or a witness pointing to the defendant and telling all those present that the individual sitting at the defense table committed the crime. However, since the advent of DNA technology in the late 1980s, there have been 280 exonerations to date of persons previously convicted in criminal court. These persons have been adjudged as actually innocent.
What is important in the criminal justice community is the fact that past practices may have led to wrongful convictions and that there are improved methods to employ to prevent further injustices. A dual injustice occurs when an innocent person is convicted while the guilty person is still free to commit more crimes. Scrutiny must occur across the spectrum and on all levels of criminal investigations so that further injustices may be reduced or avoided.
If your law enforcement agency has not added an eyewitness identification policy and training program, now is the time to make those changes. The authors offer what they believe to be improved methods that go beyond what is outlined in the Department of Justice’s Eyewitness Evidence Guide
. These improved methods come from many years of research and recommendations from current practitioners. This book, based on the authors’ successful training programs, presents a complete overview of the use of eyewitness evidence in criminal investigations, the problems that face law enforcement, and suggestions to overcome those problems.
Reviewed in Security Management