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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Boston police: ID guidelines lead to cold cases

One year after Boston police adopted the new eyewitness identification guidelines, investigators say the new policies are causing fewer arrest, reports the Boston Herald. Newly adopted guides require police to use the double-blind technique when showing eyewitnesses pictures of possible suspects. This means that the officers conducting photo arrays or line-ups must have no prior knowledge of the case.

As of July 1, 2005, 30 killings have occurred in Boston, and those killings have resulted in only ten arrest.