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Qualitative and quantitative study of police investigative thinking styles

By Geoff Dean, Ivar A. Fahsing and Petter Gottschalk


A qualitative study of detectives’ investigative thinking in Australia identified four thinking styles: method style, challenge style, skill style and risk style. Multiple item scales were developed for these four constructs in a survey instrument. A quantitative study based on the questionnaire was conducted among detectives in Norway. None of the multiple item scales achieved acceptable reliability. Factor analysis suggests a number of new thinking styles, including entrepreneur style and architect style

Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Year: 2007
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