Eyewitness identifications play an important role in the investigation and prosecution of crimes, but they are also a leading cause of wrongful convictions.
Decades of eyewitness identification research has helped identify key variables affecting the accuracy of identifications and a range of practices to improve eyewitness identification procedures. On May 21, 2014, NCIP held the Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Symposium on the University of San Francisco campus. The symposium brought together police chiefs, district attorneys, social scientists and criminal justice reform advocates to discuss best practices for eyewitness identification procedures in California. The symposium can be viewed below.