What Factors Influence Whether Homicide Cases are Solved? Insights from Qualitative Research with Detectives in Great Britain and the USA

Fiona Brookman, Edward Maguire, Mike Maguire

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

    27 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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    A growing body of research examines the factors that influence the likelihood of solving homicide cases. Much of this research is North American and based mainly on quantitative analysis of police data. It also tends to focus on factors apparently beyond police control, such as victim or incident-related characteristics, encouraging a somewhat deterministic view of investigative outcomes. This paper uses interviews with homicide detectives and observations of investigations in Great Britain and the United States, to explore factors which in the light of experience ‘on the ground’ appear to affect the chances of solving homicides – the focus being particularly on ‘organisational’ factors related to police policy and practice. Although we find some important differences between nations, the weight of qualitative evidence gathered suggests that the likelihood of solving even the most challenging homicide cases in both nations can be influenced by police agency at the individual and strategic level.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Tudalennau (o-i)145-174
    Nifer y tudalennau30
    CyfnodolynHomicide Studies
    Cyfrol23
    Rhif cyhoeddi2
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar15 Awst 2018
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Mai 2019

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