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NCJ Number: 77976 Find in a Library
Title: Work of the Home Office Tape Laboratory
Journal: Police Research Bulletin  Issue:35/36  Dated:(Autumn 1980/Spring 1981)  Pages:25-27
Author(s): D J Dean
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 3
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This British article describes the services of the Home Office Tape Laboratory which assists police forces in the handling and processing of audio tapes.
Abstract: The laboratory exists to produce direct copies of audio tape recordings or enhanced copies of such recordings and to provide the means of making written transcripts of recordings. The laboratory also provides replay facilities in court. It examines tapes for authenticity and in support of any police investigation. Finally, the laboratory provides expert witnesses, witness statements and reports, and gives evidence in court. The laboratory's services are especially valuable because almost any recording acquired during the course of an investigation is potential evidence for a court of law and should be treated as such. About 400 investigations involving tape recordings are handled each year by the Home Office Tape Laboratory, the London Metropolitan Police Laboratory, or one of the technincal support units. About one-third of these recordings reach the courts. Instructions are given for delivering taped material to the laboratory.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; British Home Office; Crime laboratories; Criminal investigation; Evidence; Evidence preservation; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Voice identification
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