Every year thousands of eyewitnesses meet with forensic artists (police artist/sketch artist) to describe the face of their assailant. The sketch evidence that’s produced from this interview may be used as probable cause to detain a subject who resembles the sketch. Investigators and forensic art practitioners must understand the process for creating this sketch evidence and strive to enforce best practices that will reduce the probability of misidentification by eyewitnesses.
Eyewitness memory issues
Minimum 13 sketches completed
Identify Sketch Methodologies
Reduce Misidentification Issues
Advanced Cognitive Interview Principles
Processing Sketch Evidence
Mindfulness Approach to interview and sketch
Drawing Suspect Archetypes
Mock interview exercises
Cognitive Sketch Evidence 1.1
Define eyewitness memory
How does understanding the function of eyewitness memory assist investigators?
Construct a mindful approach to interviewing your eyewitness
Elaborate on your mindful approach to the eyewitness narrative
Discuss the process and what elements were difficult to command
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—Ken Gelskey, National City Police Department
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