Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Centre of Forensic Interviewing
The Centre of Forensic Interviewing exists to develop and encourage best practice in investigative interviews. In an environment where expectations of professionalism and transparency have never been greater, the CoFI works to meet these requirements by bringing students and trainees together with senior investigators, international academic experts and civil professionals in a purpose-built unit.
A foundation for research and teaching in the forensic interview
The CoFI was founded in 2010 by Dr Becky Milne to meet a perceived need for a specialist centre to bring together research, teaching and training; as each area informs the next; a cyclical relationship. As a highly specialised area that is influential on policy and practice for government departments, police forces and other law enforcement professionals, both in the UK and abroad, it was necessary to establish a foundation based on research and practice.
Based within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, the Centre provides teaching to students of criminology-related subjects in conjunction with research opportunities for those wishing to examine any topic within the field of interviewing and investigation, alongside training and knowledge transfer initiatives for professionals working in investigative interviewing.
Resources and Equipment
With industry-standard digital recording equipment and access to academic knowledge of forensic interviewing procedures married with practical policing, the Centre and its staff have the aim to provide a broad range of opportunities for practitioners, students and academics within the ever-growing world of investigative interviewing.
The Centre of Forensic Interviewing was formally opened on the 15th December with a launch event. Downloadable forensic interviewing materials from that event are available here.