Enhancing the use of police crime linkage procedures for detection and prosecution of sexual offences, internationally, and preventing a major UK miscarriage of justice

Crime linkage is the process of linking crimes together based on the principle that perpetrators’ behaviour will be consistent and distinctive. Researchers from the School conducted the most robust assessment of crime linkage to date, highlighting its ability to accurately identify offenders but also its limitations of use. This proved pivotal in preventing a major miscarriage of justice in Scotland, and informed an important legal precedent on the admissibility of scientific evidence. Researchers from the School have also studied the use of crime linkage in practice in several countries and influenced training, and investment in staff/technology for crime linkage.

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