The use of digital evidence in homicide investigations

Dana Wilson-Kovacs, Helen Jones, Fiona Brookman

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Digital evidence occupies an increasingly prominent role in homicide inquiries. Despite the investigative opportunities it provides, its effective and ethical use are far from straightforward. Drawing upon data gathered from two distinct ethnographic studies of major crime investigation, we explore how police forces in England and Wales accommodate the demand for digital examinations. We focus on the opportunities and challenges that arise in the extraction and analysis of digital data from mobile devices. The findings contribute to emerging debates about optimising the value of digital traces in police investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Homicide Investigation
EditorsCheryl Allsop, Sophie Pike
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003195283
ISBN (Print)9781032047263, 9781032049489
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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