Therole of the media: Over the past decade the mass media has become animportant aspect in major criminal investigations. Investigators encouragepublicity and exposure for on-going case in order to support and assist themwith acquiring more knowledge.
A result it could be a crucial part of the investigationweather that is identifying an individual or help them comprehend how the crimeoccurred, investigators strategically utilise the media to their advantage. The SIO of theinvestigation needs to have the aptitude and capability toefficiently, ensure that media strategy for the investigation is robust enoughto ensure that they remain in charge of press releases and that they maintainownership and control. Investigators acknowledge the power of the media asa result utilised the power it holds. Most investigators view the media as a mixedblessing (Stelfox, 2009).The relationship between the police and the media is “an enduring, if not ecstatically happy, marriage” as Sir Robert markthe commissioner of the metropolitan police stated in 1971. Most media outletsare just interested acquiring material to provide information that is perceivedas worthy news.
That modern news is influenced by entertainment industry andthat they are driven by visualising deviance as “Deviance is the defining characteristic of what journalists regard as newsworthy”(Ericson et al., 1987). Ericsonand his collages conducting the study on visualising deviance, stated that thehigh proportion of news that is portrayed about deviance and control. The mediaportrays a distorted image of crime through their selection of certain storieswhich are dedicated to deviance. Murder cases especially those that contain suspiciousdeath remain the most common crime that is portrayed in media and highly likelyto attract intense media and public interest. Violent acts will strong visual graphicalimpact are highly likely to tract the media interest.
Correspondingly, the trendsin the media imply a progressively threatening image of crime in news stories.This is compounded by the more negative and destructive representations of thepolice (Mason, 2012). In most major criminal investigations, crediblematerial is accumulated at an in the initial crime scene assessment stage,which later on provides a clear focus for the line enquiries of theinvestigation. Evidently cases that accumulate relevant materials in the earlystages are distinguished relatively quickly.
Only a minority of investigationsare complex when materials aren’t composed in the early stages. Then next initialstage for the investigation is to use the media as an investigative tool and releaseinformation, frequently this is last possibility when all other inquiries havebeen exhausted. Using the media is often an advantage when investigator have However, there is no assurance that a story will bereported in ways that has a positive impact to the investigation. There havebeen incidents where a story has been reported in an unsupportive mannerregarding the investigation. Simply due to the fact that it constructs a betterstory and is news worthy or isn’t reported at all because its considered asordinary and mundane. There is a danger when realising information to the mediaas the case may be sensualised in ways that ultimately misconstrue the level ofthreat and the investigation.