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Title: Accuracy of observation and testimony of a police officer
Authors: Cassar, Paul
Keywords: Criminal investigation
Forensic surveying
Evidence, Criminal
Police witnesses
Observation (Psychology)
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Malta Police Force
Citation: Cassar, P. (1983). Accuracy of observation and testimony of a police officer. Il-Pulizija, 4(10), 2, 6.
Abstract: Accuracy of observation is of basic importance in the training of the police officer to enable him to detect vital links and clues between apparently unconnected events or objects and to identify persons and objects correctly; indeed what may at first sight appear to be a simple and clear situation or identification may suddenly reveal itself to be an obscure and complex affair because we have failed to notice some detail in the appearance of the objects or persons observed. An instance of this kind can have serious consequences during a trial where the issue may depend entirely - or almost so - on how accurate is the testimony of the police officer regarding what he has seen and heard. Thus an innocent person may be unjustly punished; or a guilty person may get scot-free; or the prestige of the police force may suffer.
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