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


Howes, LM, Interpreted investigative interviews under the PEACE interview model: police interviewers' perceptions of challenges and suggested solutions, Police Practice and Research, May 16 ISSN 1561-4263 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15614263.2019.1617145


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:PEACE interview model, investigative interviews, interpreters, policing policy and practice guidelines
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Criminal Justice
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:132750
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-05-20
Last Modified:2019-09-20

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