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Interpreted investigative interviews under the PEACE interview model: police interviewers’ perceptions of challenges and suggested solutions

Howes, LM ORCID: 0000-0002-5656-6121 2019 , 'Interpreted investigative interviews under the PEACE interview model: police interviewers’ perceptions of challenges and suggested solutions' , Police Practice and Research, vol. May 16 , pp. 1-18 , doi: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1617145.

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Abstract

Investigative interviewing is a crucial but complex aspect of police work. Although research has demonstrated that the PEACE interview model is effective with victims, witnesses, and suspects, the challenges can be intensified in interpreter-assisted interviews. This article reports police interviewers’ perceptions of interpreted investigative interviews in two Australian jurisdictions. Participants (N = 19) in semi-structured interviews included experienced police interviewers (NSW, n = 9; Tasmania, n = 7) and specialist advisors (NSW, n = 1; Tasmania, n = 2). Interview transcripts were analysed thematically and according to the phases of the PEACE model. Findings suggest a need for further guidance on rapport development in interpreter-assisted interviews and greater use of certain phases of the model. Challenges for police interviewers included a lack of certified interpreters in necessary languages and training-to-practice gaps in working with interpreters. This article documents innovative solutions to challenges reportedly used in practice and proposes a research agenda to develop evidence-based approaches that address identified challenges.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Howes, LM
Keywords: PEACE interview model, investigative interviews, interpreters, policing policy and practice guidelines
Journal or Publication Title: Police Practice and Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1561-4263
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1617145
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Copyright 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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