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Journals and Publications

Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation

The aim of the Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation is to encourage practitioners and policy makers to share professional knowledge and practice.

The Journal is published twice a year by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Homicide Working Group. It contains papers on professional practice, procedure, legislation and developments which are relevant to those investigating homicide and major incidents. 

Publications 

Allsop, C. (2018). Cold Case reviews: DNA, Detective Work and Unsolved Major Crimes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Dabney, D. and Brookman, F.  (2018). 'Fieldwork with Homicide Detectives: 60 minutes of reflections from a British and American Criminologist', in S. K. Rice and M. D. Maltz (Eds.), Doing Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery through FieldworkNew York: Springer International Publishing, pp 91-113.


Brookman, F., Maguire, E. and Maguire, M.  (Eds.) (2017). Handbook of Homicide.  Chichester:Wiley-Blackwell.


Allsop, C. (2017). 'Cold Case Homicide Investigations', in F. Brookman, E. Maguire and M. Maguire (Eds.), Handbook of Homicide. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

 

Brookman, F., Jones, H. and Pike, S.  (2017). ‘Homicide in Britain’, in F. Brookman, E. Maguire and M. Maguire (Eds.), Handbook of Homicide.  Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.


Brookman, F.  (2015). ‘Researching Homicide Offenders, Offenses and Detectives Using Qualitative Methods’, in H. Copes and M. Miller (Eds.), The Handbook of Qualitative Criminology.  New York: Routledge.


Williams, R (2010). ‘Governing the Challenges of DNA Profiling & Databasing’, in Hindmarsh & Prainsack (Eds.). DNA Databases and the Forensic Imaginary.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Brookman, F. and Stelfox, P. (2009). ‘The Policing of Homicide’, Sage Dictionary of Policing. London: Sage.


Wakefield, A. and Brookman, F. (2009). ‘Criminal Investigation’, Sage Dictionary of Policing. London: Sage.


Fraser, J. and  Williams, R. (2009). Handbook of Forensic Science. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing.



Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2007). The forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues. London: Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Brookman, F., Jones, H., Williams, R., and Fraser, J.  (2020).  'Crafting Credible Homicide Narratives: Forensic Technoscience in Contemporary Criminal Investigations'.  Deviant Behavior.  Published online: 31 Oct 2020.  DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2020.1837692


Allely, C. S. (2020). 'The contributory role of psychopathology and inhibitory control in the case of mass shooter James Holmes'. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 101382. Available here.


Brookman, F., Jones, H., Williams, R. and Fraser, J.  (2020). 'Dead Reckoning:  Unravelling How “Homicide” Cases Travel from Crime Scene to Court using Qualitative Research Methods”'.  Homicide Studies. Published ‘online first’ on 21st February 2020. Available here. 


Allely, C. S. and Faccini, L. (2019). 'Clinical profile, risk, and critical factors and the application of the “path toward intended violence” model in the case of mass shooter Dylann Roof'. Deviant Behavior, vol. 40(6), 672-689. Available here.


Brookman, F., Pike, S. and Maguire, E. (2019). 'Dancing Around Miranda: The Effects of Legal Reform on Homicide Detectives in the US and the UK'.  Criminal Law Bulletin,  vol. 55(5), 1-47. Available here.

 

Wellford, C., Lum, C., Scott, T., Vovak H. and Scherer, A. (2019). ‘Clearing homicides: Role of organizational, case, and investigative dimensions’. Criminology and Public Policy, 1-48. 


Brookman, F., Maguire, E. and Maguire, M.  (2019). 'What Factors Influence Whether Homicide Cases are Solved? Insights from Qualitative Research with Detectives in Great Britain and the USA'. Homicide Studies, vol. 23(2), 145-174. Published ‘online first’ on 16th August 2018. Available here. 


Wilson-Kovacs,  D. (2019). 'Effective resource management in digital forensics: an exploratory analysis of triage practices in four English constabularies'. Policing: an international journal of police strategies and management. Online First. Available here


Wyatt, D. and Wilson‐Kovacs, D. (2019). 'Understanding Crime Scene Examination through an Ethnographic Lens'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Forensic Science. vol. 1(6). Online First. Available here.     


Allely, C. S. and Faccini, L. (2017). '“Path to intended violence” model to understand mass violence in the case of Elliot Rodger'. Aggression and Violent Behavior,  vol.37, 201-209. Available here.


King, William R., Bradley A. Campbell, Matthew C. Matusiak, and Charles M. Katz. (2017). Forensic evidence and criminal investigations: The impact of ballistics information on the investigation of violent crime in nine cities. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 62, 4: 874-880.


Williams, R. and Wienroth, M. (2017). ‘Social and Ethical Issues in Forensic Genetics: A Critical Review’. Forensic Science Reviews, vol.29(2), 148-172.


Maguire, E.R., King, W.R., Matusiak, M.C. and Campbell, B. (2016). ‘Testing the Effects of People, Processes, and Technology on Ballistic Evidence Processing Productivity’. Police Quarterly, vol. 19(2), 199-215.


Brookman, F. and  Lloyd-Evans, M. (2015). ‘A Decade of Homicide Debriefs: What has been learnt?'. The Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation, vol. 10(1), 14-46. 

 

Brookman, F.  (2015). ‘”Killer” Decisions: The Role of Cognition and Affect and ‘Expertise’ in Homicide’. Aggression and Violent Behavior , vol. 20, 42-52 (Special Issue on Offender Expertise, guest Editors Claire Nee and Tony Ward).


King, William R., and William Wells. (2015). Impediments to the effective use of ballistics imaging information in criminal investigations: Lessons from the use of ibis in a developing nation. Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 6, 1-2: 47-57.



McEwen, T. and Regoeczi, W. (2015). ‘Forensic Evidence in Homicide Investigations and Prosecutions’. Journal of Forensic Science, vol. 60(5), 1188-1198.


Williams, R. (2015). ‘When Global Science Meets Local Legality’. Forensic Science International Supplement Series, vol. 5, 569-571.

 

Wienroth, M., Morling, N. and Williams, R. (2014). ‘Recent Innovations in Forensic Genetics: Social Legal and Ethical Aspects’. Recent Advances in DNA and Gene Sequences, vol. 8, 98-103.

 

Williams, R. and Wienroth, M. (2014). ‘Identity, Mass Fatality and Forensic Genetics’. New Genetics and Society, vol. 33(3), 257-276.


Wilson-Kovacs, D. (2014). ''Clearly Necessary', Wonderful' and 'Engrossing'? Mass Observation Correspondents Discuss Forensic Technologies'. Sociological Research Online. vol. 19(3).


Wilson-Kovacs, D. (2014).  '"Backroom boys": Occupational Dynamics in Crime Scene Examination'. Sociology, vol. 48(4), 763-779.


Allsop, C. (2013). 'Motivations, money and modern policing: accounting for cold case reviews in an age of austerity'. Policing and Society, 1-14. Available here.

 

Broadhurst, R. (2013). ‘Uncertainty and the case of police constable ‘Tiger’ Tsui Po-ko’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 390-407.

 

Innes, M. and Brookman, F. (2013). ‘Helping police with their enquiries: International perspectives on homicide investigation’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 285-291. Available here.

 

Brookman, F. and Innes, M. (2013). ‘The problem of success: What is a ‘good’ homicide investigation?’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 292-310. Available here.

 

Westmarland, L. (2013). ‘Snitches get stiches: US homicide detectives’ ethics and morals in action’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 311-327.

 

Harris, C. (2013). ‘Investigating homicide investigation in France’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 328-345.

 

Maguire, E. and King, W. (2013). ‘Transferring criminal investigation methods from developed to developing nations’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 346-361.

 

Williams, R. and Weetman, J. (2013). ‘Enacting forensics in homicide investigations’. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, vol. 23(3), 376-389.


Maguire, Edward R., and William R. King. (2013). Transferring criminal investigation methods from developed to developing nations. Policing & Society, 23, 3: 346-361.


Ludwig, A., Fraser, J. and Williams, R. (2012). ‘Crime Scene Examiners and Volume Crime Investigations: An Empirical Study of Perception and Practice’. Forensic Science Policy and Management, vol. 3, 53-61.

 

Maguire, C., Houck, M., Williams, R. and Speaker, P. (2012). ‘Efficiency and the Cost-Effective Delivery of Forensic Science Services: Insourcing, Outsourcing and Privatisation’. Forensic Science Policy and Management, vol. 3, 62-69.

 

Evison, M., Graham, E., Haimes, E., Ludwig, A., Maguire, C., Scully, J., Toom, V. and Williams, R. (2012). ‘A comment on the Hill-Turney exchange: from normative antagonism to interdisciplinary collaboration’. New Genetics and Society, vol.31(4), 385-390.


McCartney, C., Wilson, T. and Williams, R. (2011). 'Transnational Exchange of Forensic DNA: Viability, Legitimacy’. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, vol. 17(4), 305-322.


Kuhns, J. and Maguire, E. (2011). 'Drug and Alcohol Use by Homicide Victims in Trinidad and Tobago, 2001-2007’. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. In Press.


Maguire, E., King, W., Johnson, D. and Katz, C. (2010). 'Why homicide clearance rates decrease: evidence from the Caribbean’. Policing and Society, vol. 20(4), 373-400.


King, W. and Maguire, E. (2010). 'Assessing the Performance of Systems Designed to Process Criminal Forensic Evidence’. Forensic Science Policy and Management, vol. 1(3), 159-170.


Williams, R. (2010). 'Shaping forensic science innovation’. Science and Justice, vol. 50(1), 4-7.


Lawless, C.J. and Williams, R. (2010). 'Helping with inquiries or helping with profits? The trails and tribulations of a technology of forensic reasoning’. Social Studies of Science, vol. 40(5), 731-755.


Maguire, E (2009). 'Police organizational structure and child sexual abuse case attrition’. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, vol. 32(1), 157-179.


Kuhns, J., Wilson, E., Maguire, E., Ainsworth, S. and Clodfelter, T. (2009). 'A meta-analysis of marijuana, cocaine and opiate toxicology study findings among homicide victims’. Addiction, vol. 104 (7), 1122-1131.


Kuhns, J., Wilson, D., Clodfelter, T., Maguire, E. and Ainsworth, S. (2009). 'A Meta-Analysis of Alcohol Toxicology Study Findings Among Homicide Victims’. Addiction, vol. 106(1), 62-72.


Johnson, P. and Williams, R (2007). 'European securitization and biometric identification: the uses of genetic profiling'. Ann 1st Super Sanita, vol. 43(1), 36-43.


Brookman, F. and Nolan, J. (2006). 'The Dark Figure of Infanticide in England and Wales: Complexities of Diagnosis’. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 21(7), 869-889. Available here.


Bennett, R. and Morabito, M. (2006). ‘Determinants of Constables’ Perceptions of Community Support in Three Developing Nations’. Police Quarterly, vol. 9(2), 234-265.


Brookman, F. and Maguire, M. (2005). ‘Reducing Homicide: A Review of the Possibilities’. Crime, Law and Social Change, vol. 42, 325-403.


Williams, R. and Johnson, P. (2005). 'Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations’. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 545-558.


Williams, R. and Johnson, P. (2004). ‘Wonderment and dread’: representations of DNA in ethical disputes about forensic DNA databases'. New Genetics and Society, vol. 23(2), 205-223.


Johnson, P. and Williams, R. (2004). 'Post-conviction DNA testing: the UK’s first ‘exoneration’ case'. Science and Justice, vol. 44(2), 77-82.


    Bennett, R. (2004). ‘Calling for Service: Mobilization of the Police Across Sociocultural Environments’. Police Practice and Research, vol. 5(1), 25-41.


    Bennett, R. (1997). ‘Excessive Force: A Comparative Study of Police in the Caribbean’. Justice Quarterly, vol. 14(4), 651-686.


    Bennett, R. (1997). ‘Job Satisfaction Among Police Constables: A Comparative Study in Three Developing Nations’. Justice Quarterly, vol. 14(2), 295-323.


    Clancy, A., Brookman, F. and Maguire, E.  (2019). Gang-Related Homicide and Police Corruption in Trinidad and Tobago: A Rapid Evidence Assessment.  Report prepared for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Available here.


    Williams, R., Johnson, P. and Martin, P. (2004). Genetic Information & Crime Investigation: Social, Ethical and Public Policy Aspects of the Establishment, Expansion and Police Use of National DNA Database. Available here.


    Brookman, F. and Maguire, M. (2003). Reducing Homicide: A Review of the Possibilities. London: Home Office. Available here.


    Maguire M. and Aitchison A.  (2003). Operation Lynx Robbery Reduction Initiative: An Evaluation. London: Home Office.


    Maguire, M., Kemshall, H., Noaks, L., Sharpe, K. and Wincup, E. (2001). Risk Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders: The Work of Public Protection Panels. Police Research Series Paper 139.  London: Home Office. 


    Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Nettleton, H. (2001).  Early Lessons from the Crime Reduction Programme: Tackling Alcohol Related Street Crime in Cardiff (TASC Project). Home Office Briefing Note 9/0.

    Brookman, F., Jones, H., Williams, R. and Fraser, J. (2020). HIFS Project Research Insight 3: “The Use of CCTV during Homicide Investigations: Contributions, Challenges and Risks”. Available here.


    Brookman, F. and Jones, H. (2019). HIFS Project Research Insight 2: “The Role of Forensic Sciences and Technologies in Homicide Investigation in Britain”. Available here.

     

    Brookman, F. and Jones, H. (6th March 2019). Written Evidence Submitted to House of Lords Science & Technology Committee Enquiry into Forensic Science. Available here.  


    Brookman, F. and Jones, H.  (2018). HIFS Briefing Note “Co-locating Specialists”. Available here

     

    Brookman, F. and Jones, H.  (2018). HIFS Project Research Insight 1: “Sensemaking & Dialogue”. Available here.  


    Wilson-Kovacs, D. (2018). 'An Ethnographic Approach to Researching the Introduction of New Forensic      DNA Technologies in Policing in the UK'. Sage Research Methods Cases.  Available here


    Witt, C. (2017). 'Anatomy of Death Investigations: A Qualitative Evaluation of Investigative Methods', PhD thesis, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Available here.


    Pike, S. (2016). 'An Exploration of the Changes to the Police Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present', SAGE Research Methods Cases. London: Sage Publications.


    Brookman, F. and McGarry, D.  (2015). 'The Family Liaison Officer'.  Police Chief Magazine, September 2015.  (Winning entry of submissions to special issue on Great Ideas in Law Enforcement, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Washington: DC).  Available here.  


    Brookman, F.  (2015). Contribution Towards New Methods of Homicide Investigation in Making the Case for Social Sciences in Wales.  Academy of Social Sciences (ACSS).


    Carter, D. (2013). Homicide Process Mapping: Best Practices for Increasing Homicide Clearances. Bureau of Justice Assistance. US Department of Justice. Institute for Interdepartmental Research. Available here.


    Braga, A., Flynn, E., Kelling, G. and Cole, C. (2011). Moving the Work of Criminal Investigators Towards Crime Control, New Perspectives in Policing. Available here.


    Brookman, F.  (2011).  ‘Investigating Homicide’ in Making the Case for the Social Sciences.  No 4. Crime.  Academy of Social Sciences in collaboration with the British Psychological Society and the British Society of Criminology.


    McCartney, C., Williams, R. and Wilson, T. (2010). The Future of Forensic Bioinformation. Available here.


    Brookman, F. and McGarry, D.  (2015). 'The Family Liaison Officer'.  Police Chief Magazine, September 2015.  (Winning entry of submissions to special issue on Great Ideas in Law Enforcement, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Washington: DC).  Available here.