A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems

Charlie D. Frowd, Derek Carson, Hayley Ness, Jan Richardson, Lisa Morrison, Sarah Mclanaghan, Peter J. B. Hancock

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Abstract

An evaluation of E-FIT, PROfit, Sketch, Photofit and EvoFIT composite construction techniques was carried out in a “forensically friendly format”: composites of unfamiliar targets were constructed from memory following a 3-4-hour delay using a Cognitive Interview and experienced operators. The main dependent variable was spontaneous naming and overall performance was low (10% average naming rate). E-FITs were named better than all techniques except PROfit, though E-FIT was superior to PROfit when the target was more distinctive. E-FIT, PROfit and Sketch were similar overall in a composite sorting task, but Sketch emerged best for more average-looking targets. Photofit performed poorly, as did EvoFIT, an experimental system. Overall, facial distinctiveness was found to be an important factor for composite naming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages20
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Frowd, C. D., Carson, D., Ness, H., Richardson, J., Morrison, L., Mclanaghan, S., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2005). A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems. Psychology, Crime and Law, 11(1), 33-52. DOI: 10.1080/10683160310001634313

Frowd, Charlie D.; Carson, Derek; Ness, Hayley; Richardson, Jan; Morrison, Lisa; Mclanaghan, Sarah; Hancock, Peter J. B. / A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems.

In: Psychology, Crime and Law, Vol. 11, No. 1, 03.2005, p. 33-52.

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A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems. / Frowd, Charlie D.; Carson, Derek; Ness, Hayley; Richardson, Jan; Morrison, Lisa; Mclanaghan, Sarah; Hancock, Peter J. B.

In: Psychology, Crime and Law, Vol. 11, No. 1, 03.2005, p. 33-52.

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