Law Enforcement Agents and Witness Are Not Always Right – At Least, Not All the Time!
“A human brain can store more information than a computer; unfortunately, we can’t always remember them all accurately like a computer does”
It is said that an elephant never forgets. Unfortunately, people do. A recent Northwestern Medicine study involving a variety people has shown that every time we remember an event that has happened from our past, our brain networks change in ways that actually alter the recall of the event. This means the next time you remember it, you might not remember the original event but what you remembered the previous time.
Why Do We Always Get It Wrong?
In addition to the above, there are other factors that can change or contaminate a person’s memory. Sometimes it’s because of pressure, real or imagined, from outsiders, including relatives and friends of the witness.
All these plays into what is known as the misinformation effect. Whether intentional or not it can skew the true facts of any event. It is a prime example of retroactive interference, which occurs when information presented later interferes with the ability to retain previously encoded information. Essentially, the new information that a person receives works backward in time to distort the memory of the original event.
Is There a Solution: Can We Ever Have a Witness Present a 100% Accurate Information?
The misinformation effect has been studied since the mid-1970s. Elizabeth Loftus is one of the most influential researchers in the field. She states it reflects two of the cardinal sins of memory: suggestibility, the influence of others’ expectations on our memory; and misattribution, information attributed to an incorrect source. Research on the misinformation effect has uncovered concerns about the permanence and reliability of memory.
Yes! Inquire IQ3 Can Make Witness Information 100% Accurate!
Finally a solution!
Witness information is very important. Today, there are many innocent people in prisons because of skewed or completely falsified information. On another hand, some guilty parties are also walking the street free due to the same problem. These wouldn’t have happened if the law enforcement officer and first responders to the scene used a technology such as Inquire IQ3 to keep the record of the event.
Our brain quickly forgets important facts. Moreover, people can change information to suit their intentions. For this reason, capturing facts immediately after an event can increase the accuracy and reliability of the information. Inquire IQ3, which allows for recording, streaming and secure storage of audio and video on any iOS or Android device, is a simple and cost-effective alternative to scheduling interview rooms or taking hand written notes. The digital recording can now also be packaged as digital evidence for later retrieval and presentation. We can’t change the way people remember, but we can increase the accuracy of their recollection with Inquire IQ3.
The great thing with Inquire IQ3 is that law enforcement agencies can start making use of it without worrying about the budget. Understandably, law enforcement agencies always have to worry about a limited budget. But in this case, they can acquire such a technology without a dent on their budget. On the other hand, first responders to a crime/accident scene can as well make use of Inquire IQ3 to keep an accurate record of the event.
Incorporation of Inquire IQ3 into the operations of law enforcement agencies and in our daily lives can greatly improve the way we remember information and pass it on.
To see how Inquire IQ3 works, and how it can transform law enforcement, click this link to schedule a demo.
To learn more about how Inquire is helping first responders, see this blog post.