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Criminal Investigation and Crime Control

The Centre of Knowledge for Criminal Investigation and Crime Control studies general and specialist criminal investigations. One example of specialist investigations is the investigation of clues by detectives. We in addition investigate new forms of cooperation that allow the Netherlands Police to investigate and prove crime - or to prevent it. The studies conducted by the Centre of Knowledge can be divided into two subjects: criminal investigations and security coalitions. 

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Criminal investigation

Criminal investigations are conducted in accordance with criminal law. The quality of criminal investigations is a recurring topic in social debate. At issue is the quality of investigative skills, such as police questioning, the preparation of official reports, or forensic reports, but also the quality of the entire investigative process. Research topics include criminal investigative studies, forensic investigations, and "investigative interviewing". 

Criminal investigative studies  

The criminal investigation profession is in constant flux. Criminal investigations continue to require high-level knowledge - technological and digital knowledge, but also substantive knowledge and knowledge on the cooperation with various partners.  

This topic focuses on questions arising from the criminal investigative and training practice. Professionalism and innovation form the core subjects within these studies.   

Forensic investigations  

Technical developments allow the Netherlands Police to constantly improve the quality and speed of investigations. Our society is also becoming more and more digitalised, resulting in different forms of crime and vastly increased amounts of digital traces. New technologies help the Netherlands Police make better use of various types of clues in the investigative process, and to use them more quickly. Our research focuses on:  

  • How to investigate clues at the crime scene.
  • How to quickly get results when investigating clues at the crime scene.  
  • What information can reliably be derived from clues.  

Investigative interviewing 

"Investigative interviewing" is essentially questioning 2.0. It is a method to collect information from persons reporting a crime, from witnesses, and from suspects. This allows the Netherlands Police to collect more reliable information.  "Investigative interviewing" has been the international standard for many years now and ever more countries are making use of it. Our studies focus on how best to train Police Officers and detectives to make use of this method, but also on how best to continue providing them with training in the practical situation and on how to conduct investigative interviews remotely, using a video connection. 

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