Investigative Interview Analysis

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Introduction Interviews can be conducted in several different ways. There are positive and negative things an interviewer can do during the interview verbally, as well as non-verbally. In the video “An Overview of Investigative Interviewing” an older lady is interviewed as a victim, pertaining to a crime where she was thrown to the ground and robbed of her purse. This paper will reflect on the verbal and non-verbal usage the interviewer used, the specific interview technique style used, and an evaluation based on the seven steps he took during the interview process. Verbal During the interview, the interviewer used many appropriate words and phrases in order to make the victim feel comfortable and safe. When the interviewer and the victim both walked into the room the first thing the interviewer told the victim was to take the more comfortable chair and also says “If you want to stop at any point and take a rest just let me know” (EBS Trust, 1998, 2:00). This was a good opener for the victim because it allowed her to know that she could take her time and be able to stay refreshed throughout the interview. After the interview began and the victim started to tell her story, the interviewer used the words “yes” and “yep” (EBS Trust, 1998). These words allowed the victim to tell her story without being interrupted and encouraged her to continue talking. He continuously throughout the interview told the victim to “take your time” (EBS Trust, 1998, 5:20). By saying this she was able to take a breather to catch up with the story she was telling, and continue whenever she was ready. After she gave the interviewer a summary of the crime that happened, he paraphrased what she told him back to him, and also let her draw out a sketch of th... ... middle of paper ... ...sly above, this recreated the scene and allowed her to visualize what had happened. The interviewer then closed out the interview by getting the victim to sign the statement and asked her if there was anyone at home that could take her to the doctor to get checked out. After reviewing the interview, the last step in the PEACE model could not be evaluated due to the interview ending, but would have probably been evaluated in a follow up investigation (College of Policing, 2016). Conclusion When conducting an interview, there are many different things to consider. This interview shown in the video, gave many examples of positive and negative things to consider when interviewing a victim. The interviewer did a very good job with his non-verbal communication, verbally held a calm and gentle voice. This allowed the interviewee to remain placid throughout the interview.
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