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NCJ Number: 149298 Find in a Library
Title: Investigative Interviewing Courses for Police Officers: An Evaluation
Author(s): B J McGurk; M J Carr; D McGurk
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
United Ki
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-0847
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The Great Britain Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers cooperated in the development of a training course in investigative interviewing. A 5-day pilot course was run in four locations in England during 1992 and subjected to an independent evaluation.
Abstract: The effectiveness of the course was measured by contrasting the performance of officers undergoing the training with that of a control group before the course, immediately afterwards, and six months later. During the assessment, performance indicators were applied to simulated interviews which were recorded on video, and to operational audiotaped interviews conducted in the officers' forces. Students and controls were also tested on their knowledge of interviewing techniques. The results showed that on a written examination, students performed better than controls. In the simulated interviews with witnesses and suspects, the course participants improved from their pre-course scores and this improvement was maintained at the 6-month follow-up. The assessment also demonstrated that students performed better in operational interviews with suspects. 6 figures, 1 table, 6 references, and 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Foreign police training
Index Term(s): England; Police interviewing training; Program evaluation
Note: Police Research Series Paper No. 4
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