Authored by a 21 year police veteran and university research professor criminal investigative failures comprehensively defines and discusses the causes and problems most common to failed investigations more importantly it outlines realistic strategies for avoiding investigative pitfalls. Failures in the criminal investigative process can have serious consequences unsolved crimes unsuccessful prosecu tions unpunished offenders and wrongful convictions bring the criminal justice system into disrepute in addition with the criminal investigative failures avoiding the pitfalls. Recent criminal investigations are analyzed through concepts such as group think cognitive distortions and misunderstandings of statistical analysis to explain failures in criminal investigations rossmos writing is as always easily understood and enjoyable a quality that is rarely present in a text such as this. What causes an investigative failure or intelligence fiasco based on previous research in the areas of cognitive psychology forensic statistics intelligence analysis and philosophy of science it appears the causes of these problems can be grouped into three components 1 cognitive biases often resulting from psychological heuristics 2 errors in understanding probabilities . Avoid major investigative traps what causes competent and dedicated investigators to make avoidable mistakes jeopardizing the successful resolution of their cases authored by a 21 year police veteran and university research professor criminal investigative failures comprehensively defines and discusses the causes and problems most common to failed investigations
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