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The cognitive interview : inexperienced police officers’ perceptions of their witness/victim interviewing practices.

Dando, Coral J. and Wilcock, Rachel and Milne, Rebecca (2008) The cognitive interview : inexperienced police officers’ perceptions of their witness/victim interviewing practices. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 13 (1). pp. 59-70. ISSN 1355-3259

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Abstract

Purpose. The primary objectives of the study reported here were twofold. First, to investigate less experienced frontline police officers’ perceptions of their witness interviewing practices with specific reference to their use of the ten cognitive interview components taught during initial PEACE (a mnemonic for the stages of the interview; Planning and preparation, Engage and explain, Account, Closure and Evaluation) interview training. Second, to investigate this group of officers’ practical experiences of interviewing witnesses. Method. A sample of 221 young, in-service, non-specialist police officers from five UK police forces completed a self-report questionnaire concerning their perceived witness interviewing practices. Respondents were surveyed about their use of the PEACE cognitive interview components, their practical experiences of interviewing witnesses and victims, and their views on investigative interviewing training. Results. There was a consensus among these officers that they perceived using some of the PEACE cognitive interview components more frequently and perceived some of them to be more effective than others. Conclusion. This study provides a unique insight into the perceived interviewing practices of some of the least experienced and the least trained investigative interviewers who conduct the majority of frontline witness interviews. These officers report feeling inadequately trained, under pressure and generally ill equipped to conduct a PEACE cognitive interview.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Legal and Criminological Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive interview ; Police Officers ; Witness interviews ; Perceptions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 34879
Deposited By: Dr Coral Dando
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2010 11:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34879

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