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NCJ Number: 159076 Find in a Library
Title: Preparing Records of Taped Interviews
Author(s): A Hooke; J Knox
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD, England
Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
Information Section
50 Queen Anne's Gate, Room 278
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: When conducting interviews with suspects, British police officers are required to prepare a written record of each interview; this article reports on research designed to identify good practice and provide a benchmark against which alternative methods of recording interviews may be assessed.
Abstract: Six police forces and associated Crown Prosecution Service areas participated in this research, which tested a variety of methods of preparing records of taped interviews (ROTI's). The different methods of preparation were the police model, in which police officers provide the primary input, including preparation of a manuscript summary; the civilian model, in which police officers provide short written guidance to civilians who provide summaries; the full verbatim transcripts, which contain a dialog between interviewee and interviewer; and the edited tape method, in which a tape editing machine allows the copy tape of the interview to be converted into an "extract" tape by transferring verbatim passages from the interview onto a blank tape interspersed with summarized passages supplied by the police officer through a microphone. Findings show that the civilian model generally produces a higher quality ROTI than those prepared by police officers (the police model). They tend to be better in coverage, accuracy, relevance, coherence, and literacy. Further, the civilian model reduces average police input from 82 minutes to 19 minutes per ROTI. The civilian model is thus cheaper than the police model. 2 tables, 3 figures, and 1 reference
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Interview and interrogation
Note: From Great Britain Home Office Research and Statistics Department Research Findings, No. 22, November 1995.
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