Prevention of tunnel vision in criminal cases

Criminal justice proceedings / Public prosecution office

Prevention of tunnel vision in criminal cases

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Summary

In 2005, the Posthumus Commission (named after its chairman) released its evaluation report, prompted by the Schiedam Park Murder affair. The report revealed many vulnerabilities in the criminal investigation process, particularly the role of the police and the public prosecution service. Shortly after the evaluation report was released (September 2005), the Programme to Strengthen the Investigation and Prosecution (PVOV) was established. Following the introduction of PVOV measures, new measures to improve the quality and professional standards of the public prosecution service were taken in November 2010 with the introduction of the programme to Permanently Professionalize the Prosecution (PP). The PP measures can be seen as a follow up on the PVOV measures already taken by the public prosecution service. Part of the measures are aimed at monitoring on-going investigations by actively identifying vulnerabilities and possible failures in criminal cases that might harm the role of the public prosecution service. Furthermore, PP focusses on evaluation and critical reflection of cases during the investigation and prosecutory process. The main research question addressed by this study is: In which way have the PVOV and PP measures affected the criminal investigation process in Special investigation teams (TGOs), and to what extent do they create conditions to prevent tunnel vision in TGOs?

Publication data

Author(s):
Liedenbaum, C.M.B., Poot, C.J. de, Straalen, E.K. van, R.F. Kouwenberg
Organization(s):
WODC
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
Boom Lemma
Year of publication:
2015
ISBN:
978-94-6236-601-5
Series:
Onderzoek en beleid 314

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