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NCJ Number: 65852 Find in a Library
Title: COURT AND POLICE REPORTS IN WEST GERMAN DAILY NEWSPAPERS AND THEIR EVALUATION FROM A CRIMINALISTIC PERSPECTIVE
Journal: KRIMINALISTIK  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(1978)  Pages:49-53
Author(s): P MULZER
Corporate Author: Kriminalistik Verlag Gmbh
Germany (Unified)
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Kriminalistik Verlag Gmbh
6900 Heidelburg 1, Germany
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE USEFULNESS OF POLICE REPORTS IN WEST GERMAN DAILY NEWSPAPERS AS A SOURCE OF CRIME INFORMATION ARE DISCUSSED, ALONG WITH TECHNIQUES FOR EVALUATING SUCH REPORTS.
Abstract: EXAMINATION OF 606 DAILY NEWSPAPERS FROM ALL 120 WEST GERMAN TOWNS WITH OVER 50,000 INHABITANTS (I.E., 202 PAPERS THREE TIMES IN 1 WEEK OF JUNE, 1977) SHOWS THAT NEWSPAPER COURT AND POLICE CRIME REPORTS COMBINE INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS: OFFENDER BIOGRAPHY; OFFENDER BEHAVIOR AFTER THE CRIME AND IN DETENTION; OFFENDER DESCRIPTIONS TO AID IN APPREHENSION; WITNESS, POLICE, AND JOURNALIST OPINIONS ABOUT OFFENDERS AND OFFENSES; VALUE JUDGEMENTS ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS, PARALLEL CASES, AND CRIME TENDENCIES; PROCEDURAL QUESTIONS; EXPERT OPINIONS; AND REACTIONS OF TRIAL PARTICIPANTS AND OBSERVERS. REPORTS ARE FILED AT ALL STAGES OF POLICE INVESTIGATIONS AND COURT PROCEEDINGS. MANY SPECIAL REPORTS MAY BE PRODUCED BY CRIMINOLOGICAL INSTITUTES OR ASSOCIATIONS, PSYCHIATRIC SPECIALISTS, OR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EXPERTS. FINAL COURT REPORTS AND FINAL OR PRELIMINARY POLICE REPORTS GIVE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON OFFENSES AND INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES. TWO METHODS FOR EXTRACTING REPORT INFORMATION ARE OUTLINED: FIRST, A TYPOLOGICAL EVALUATION IS USED TO ESTABLISH A MORPHOLOGICAL TABLE OF KEY CRIME CHARACTERISTICS THAT TAKES THEIR FREQUENCY INTO CONSIDERATION. SECOND, A CATALOGING EVALUATION EMPHASIZES TOPOGRAPHY, I.E., UNUSUAL CRIMES DESIGNED TO EXPAND THE CRIMINOLOGISTS' KNOWLEDGE OF CASES. NOTES ARE FURNISHED. --IN GERMAN. (KMD)
Index Term(s): Court records; Evaluation techniques; Germany; Media coverage; Offense classification; Police reports; Press releases
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