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The Houston Police Department earned the top research award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for a study on eyewitness identification procedures conducted by the College of Criminal Justice.

With the growing number of high profile criminal cases overturned by faulty eyewitness identification, the Houston Police Department and College partnered on a study to investigate the best techniques for presenting photo lineups to eyewitnesses in criminal cases.

After four methods were tested, include sequential and simultaneous presentations and blind and blinded procedures, the study found no significant differences among the methods in selecting a suspect or exonerating the innocent. In fact, the study demonstrated that police need to take a multi-faceted approach to investigations and not rely on eyewitness identification.

The study was based on 700 photo spread procedures at the Houston Police Department Robbery Division in 2013.

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