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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, 21, (4) pp. 333-350. ISSN 1561-4263 (2020) [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: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:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-05-20
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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