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NCJ Number: 136492 Find in a Library
Title: Policing in Japan: A Study on Making Crime
Author(s): S Miyazawa
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 285
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7914-0892-2
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: This book profiles the investigative techniques and parameters of Japanese police detectives based on the author's direct observation.
Abstract: The author spent months at the Eastern Police Station, a large station in Sapporo City, observing detectives in operation. The study included observation and the administration of questionnaires at the Hokkaido Police Academy, the police station, and the mobile squad attached to the headquarters. An outline of the formal legal system of criminal investigation covers voluntary investigation, arrest, detention at the police station, interrogations and confessions, and the admissibility of evidence. A review of the natural sequence of criminal investigation in Japan considers investigation by patrol officers, investigation of theft crimes, the investigation of forcible crimes, and the investigation of organized crimes. A description of investigative activity considers how detectives think and behave in various aspects of the criminal investigation followed by an analysis of why police investigators think and behave as they do. The study portrays hurried detectives under pressure to clear ever more crimes, torn between following the rules and evading them; a system of detention and questioning that makes it almost impossible for suspects to maintain their innocence; and simultaneously, detectives dedicated to doing the job right despite all obstacles. A 68-item bibliography and appended supplementary information
Main Term(s): Foreign police; Investigative techniques
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; Confessions; Detention; Police legal limitations; Search and seizure; Suspect interrogation
Note: From the SUNY series in Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
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