Thematic Networks

Network 2: Evidence and Investigation

Effective investigation of crimes and incidents is central to all police organisations. An investigation will seek to find all available evidence and intelligence that enable its objectives to be met. Today's investigator operates in an increasingly complex social and legal arena and is likely to lead a team of police and police staff with a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Science, technology, psychology, criminology and other areas of specialist knowledge continue to grow rapidly, presenting the investigator with new opportunities and risks. For example, the existence of national DNA databases with the potential for highly sophisticated intelligence use, has revolutionised how many investigations proceed and has identified the need for continued review of individual cases.

This network provides a focus for research in a range of specialist areas related to the role of the police in the recovery, interpretation and effective use of intelligence and evidence in the investigation of crime and major incidents. This includes the development and evaluation of policy and good practice in the strategic and tactical use of forensic sciences.

Recent and Current Projects

Obtaining best evidence from young eyewitnesses more details...

Validation of a method for the detection of Mephedrone more details...

Assessing the quality of interviews with children alleging sexual abuse in Scotland more details...

An analysis of Grampian Police missing person 'closure-interview' forms more details...

People with a mild learning disability and the construction of facial composites more details...

Enhanced, Verifiable and Auditable Intelligence Interface between the Scottish Police and Community Partners with Time Critical Intelligence Information more details...

The integration of investigation and forensic science in volume crime more details...

Self-administered interview more details...

Interpreter-mediation in Investigative Interviewing more details...



Other areas of research for Network 2 include:

Building on existing strengths in Scotland in the forensic sciences, forensic statistics and work within psychology on identification and eye witness evidence, and IT infrastructure, this network works closely with police forces in providing specialist training as well as carrying out research programmes.



Child Witness
Testing the new VIPER system.

SIPR - Thematic networks

Network Steering Group

Associate Director and Chair:

Dr Penny Woolnough,
Abertay University


Academic Members:

Dr Lucina Hackman,
CAHID,
University of Dundee.

Dr Penny Haddrill,
Teaching Associate,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith,
Senior Lecturer,
University of Stirling

Dr Richard Jones,
Lecturer in Criminology,
University of Edinburgh.

Dr Craig McKenzie,
CAHID,
University of Dundee.

Dr Jennifer Murray,
Health and Forensics Divisions,
Edinburgh Napier University.

Dr Hayley Ness,
Senior Lecturer in Psychology,
The Open University, Scotland.

Maureen Taylor,
Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dr George Weir,
Computer and Information Sciences,
University of Strathclyde.


Police Liaison:

Tom Nelson,
Director, Forensic Services,
Scottish Police Authority.

Fiona Douglas,
Head of Biology, Forensic Services,
Scottish Police Authority.

DCS Sean Scott,
Police Scotland.

DCI John Wylie,
Police Scotland.