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Working with interpreters in investigate interviews: machines, tools, conduits, mouthpieces, professionals and humans

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Howes, L, Working with interpreters in investigate interviews: machines, tools, conduits, mouthpieces, professionals and humans, Australian Police Journal pp. 90-95. ISSN 0005-0024 (2020) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Introduction

Increased diversity is evident in the languages and cultures represented in Australia. A need exists for police officers to be able to communicate with members of the communities in which they work, regardless of whether they share English as a common language. From remote Aboriginal communities, to urban areas with a high proportion of migrants and humanitarian entrants, for some community members, English is a second, third or other language. Some community members may know just enough English to complete basic daily activities, such as shopping in their local area. However, they lack the English proficiency needed to report a crime as a victim or witness, or to explain their role in suspected criminal activity.

Interpreters can assist police to communicate effectively with people in such circumstances. Police work with interpreters in a variety of contexts, including negotiations, covert operations, and investigative interviews. Interpreters assist in spoken interactions between two people in two or more languages (and respective dialects) in both directions. By contrast, translators deal only with written language.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:police, interpreters, investigative interviews
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, L (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:140864
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-09-11
Last Modified:2021-03-30
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