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NCJ Number: 157907 Find in a Library
Title: Improving the Quality of the Police Interview: Can Training in the Use of Cognitive Techniques Help?
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:53-68
Author(s): A Memon; R Bull; M Smith
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Previous research suggests the Cognitive Interview (CI) is an effective procedure for interviewing witnesses; much of the research, however, has used college students as interviewers and has provided little information about the quality of training.
Abstract: The current research project piloted a CI training procedure using 38 British police officers with varying levels of field experience. An armed robbery was staged and interviews were conducted with witnesses. Analysis results did not reveal any differences in witness performance with the CI, as compared to a control technique. Feedback from interviewers and a study of interview transcripts indicated that CI training, demonstrated to be successful in previous studies, had little impact on the interviewing style of experienced police officers in the current study and that CI techniques were not used appropriately. Implications of the results for police training in the CI technique are discussed. 28 references, 1 table, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): England; Interview and interrogation; Police interviewing training; Witnesses
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