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The Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System: A Test of Interrater Reliability

Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk and House, John and Bennell, Craig and Taylor, Paul (2012) The Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System: A Test of Interrater Reliability. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39 (5). pp. 607-619. ISSN 0093-8548

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    Abstract

    The interrater reliability of an internationally renowned crime linkage system—the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS)—was tested. Police officers (N = 10) were presented with a case file and asked to complete a ViCLAS booklet. The level of occurrence agreement between each officer was calculated. Results showed a 30.77% level of agreement across the 106 variables examined. Agreement ranged from 2.36% for weapon variables to 62.87% for administration variables. Only 11 (10.38%) of the variables reached an acceptable level of agreement. Concerns pertaining to the validity of inferences produced using ViCLAS data are discussed, along with potential explanations for the findings, limitations of the study, and future research directions.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Criminal Justice and Behavior
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39 (5), 2012, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2012 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Criminal Justice and Behavior page: http://cjb.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System ; comparative case analysis ; serial crimes ; behavioral linking ; policing ; interrater reliability
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    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 53599
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 19 Apr 2012 16:37
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:19
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53599

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