Detective or Detecting: Mythology of Detective Work

Yung H. Lee, The ~ University of Toledo

Police criminal investigation is a process which can be broadly defined as the information gathering efforts by law enforcement to construct a suspects' crime related past. Jajor participants in this process are victims, suspects, witnesses, patrol officers, informant, detectives, supervisors, forensic scientist, and prosecutors. Based on a content analysis of prime time criminal justice related shows on TV, this paper will examine how their characteristics and interactions are portrayed and what differences exist between virtual and actual detective work.

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