Project 3 Photo Spread Analysis Essay

1446 Words Jul 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Ethan Ray
CCJS 234
Project Three Photo Spread Analysis
28 June 2015

Subject: Dennis arrested for stealing.
A young woman named Vicky was at the mall where she had her purse stolen from her by a white male. The only description that Vicky can give to the police is that the assailant was a white male, “approximately 25 to 35 years old, tall, perhaps close to six feet, somewhat stocky. She recalls him as having dark blond hair and does not recollect facial hair.” (UMUC, 2015) William, a 6'4" male, witnesses the incident; he saw the man walk rapidly toward Vicky and grab her purse. He had a good view of the assailant the entire time. He describes the assailant as, “a white male, approximately 30 to 35 years
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By displaying similar looking people on the photo spread you could ensure that the witness is choosing the correct one. “If the officer does not have a suspect, she may show witnesses a mug book, beat book, or other compilation of photographs. These usually have so many photographs in them that suggestiveness is rarely an issue.” (Module 2, 2015) The photo spread should also display 6-8 photos when trying to identify just one suspect. Also when trying to display the photo spread, “the people shown in the photos that are selected must be of the same race, age, general physical characteristics, and sex as the suspect. Hair style, facial hair, and other facial features should be similar. If the suspect has close-cropped hair, it would be improper to include fill-ins with bushy hair. The background and tone of the photographs should also be similar to preclude any particular photograph standing out. It is not necessary for the images in the spread to be clones, but the photos should be similar enough in appearance to ensure a reliable identification.” (Module 2, 2015) When compiling or displaying a photo spread to a witness the officer should use the NIJ Guidelines as their standard. The National Institute of Justice wrote Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement. “This set of guidelines is an important tool for refining investigative practices dealing with this evidence as we continue our search for truth.” (National Institute of Justice, 1999)

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