We need to talk about dialogue: Accomplishing collaborative sensemaking in homicide investigations

Jones, Helen, Brookman, Fiona, Williams, Robin and Fraser, Jim (2021) We need to talk about dialogue: Accomplishing collaborative sensemaking in homicide investigations. The Police Journal, 94 (4). pp. 572-589. ISSN 0032-258X

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In this paper, we explore the importance of dialogue for collaborative sensemaking during homicide investigation, focusing upon interactions between detectives, forensic scientists and other experts involved in managing and undertaking forensic work. Drawing on data from a 4-year ethnographic study of British homicide investigations, we provide insights from criminal justice actors about both the value of, and barriers to, inter-professional and cross-disciplinary dialogue. We explore how and why organisational arrangements may limit opportunities for forensic scientists and other experts to engage collaboratively with detectives and prosecutors. We conclude by considering ways to enhance collaborative sensemaking during the investigation of homicide.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Leverhulme Trust [grant number RPG-2014-143].
Uncontrolled Keywords: homicide investigation, sensemaking, dialogue, collaboration, forensic scientists, experts
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
M900 Other in Law
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 14:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 17:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45021

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