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Alcohol-intoxicated witnesses and victims: Procedures and prevalence according to police officers.

Conference contribution
Authors Angelica Hagsand
Jacqueline Evans
Nadja Schreiber Compo
Published in Oral presentation at the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, 14-16 March, Portland, OR, USA
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords police survey, alcohol-intoxicated, witnesses, victims, Sweden
Subject categories Psychology, Law


An online survey addressed Swedish police officers’ perceptions of the prevalence of intoxicated witnesses and victims, how police officers determine intoxication, procedures employed and their effectiveness, and how police officers perceive statements from intoxicated persons. Results indicate that intoxicated persons are common in investigations, yet there are no established procedures on how to deal with them and that officers usually perceive intoxicated persons as less credible. Greater collaboration between researchers and practitioners is needed in order to inform police about what science has found concerning the impact of alcohol on memory and the implications for police practice.

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