Centre of Forensic Interviewing

Inaugural lecture: Becky Milne

Let Them Be Heard: Enabling Communication and Recall of Forensic Interviewees

Prof Becky Milne

22 June 2016

Forensic psychology has a history of research impacting upon the real world. One key area that demonstrates this influence is investigative interviewing. This lecture will endeavour to outline some ways in which research has transformed how the police and other legal practitioners go about their everyday jobs.

Investigative interviewing is at the heart of any investigation and thus the root of achieving justice in society. Thus, one of the most important tools in an investigator’s tool-box is the interview. As a result, over the past twenty-five years, practitioners and researchers have sought, and in some countries have substantially succeeded in developing procedures that improve the quality of interviews with witnesses, victims and suspects of crime. This body of work has seen successful outcomes of the interplay between academic research and practical policing. This lecture aims to outline the developments in this field and will examine the challenges that have faced researchers trying to find solutions to real world problems, such as:

  • How do we gather full and accurate information at the chaotic scene of a crime?
  • What are the best ways to interview vulnerable groups (e.g. people with ASD)?
  • How do we transfer interview training to the field?
  • Can all law enforcement personnel interview to a good ethical standard?

Finally, the lecture points to avenues for future research, and outline what we are planning as a team.

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