Police Investigative Interviewing

IfJ CPD Courses

Event details


14 Jun 2023




Online Microsoft Teams
United Kingdom

Event Fees

One-day subsidised course £ 50.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): DC Sarah Peto and Dr Marilena Kyriakidou

Course facilitator(s) bio:

DC Sarah Peto

DC Sarah Peto is a qualified trainer and trains detective constables in various different courses. Sarah has been a detective since 2010 and a police officer for 19 years. Sarah has worked previously in a child and adult protection carrying out investigations, before joining the training team.

Dr Kyriakidou

Dr Kyriakidou's research contributes to the field of investigative interviews with children by focusing on the feasibility of research-based practiced within different contexts. Read more about Marilena here

Course requirements: IfJ members

Who is this course for: Intermediaries who would like to understand more about police investigative interviews to enhance their work with vulnerable witnesses. And experienced intermediaries seeking to update and extend current knowledge. At any level of experience, from newly registered onwards.

This course is an introduction/refresher to the legal framework within which we are operating, the role of the Police, the rights-based laws which apply in all areas, and the specific principles and practices which apply in the ABE/VRI and the courts. 

We will learn about the fundamental principles of police investigative interviewing, the tools and techniques which the police are trained to use and why these are important in obtaining evidence from both witnesses and suspects. 

We will learn about relevant research relating to getting the best evidence in police investigative interviews. 

We will then look at how to apply this information to the work we do, supporting communication. 

Coutse Content

An overview of police investigative interviews to cover: 

  • witness and suspect police interviews
  • the legislation and guidance
  • common pitfalls to be aware of to avoid
  • research and best practice

Course Aims/Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Understand the police interview process and best practice in using a registered intermediary for vulnerable witnesses
  2. Learn about typical Witness Interview Strategy, structure & methods, used by Police in investigative interviewing, using the Achieving Best Evidence Guidance. 
  3. Consider the use of visual aids (drawings, pictures, symbols, dolls, figures and props) 
  4. Understand the differences between competence vs. capacity, credibility and fitness to be interviewed 
  5. Consider Police Pre-Interview Preparation and planning the interview
  6. Consider the impact of trauma and negative thought on the interview process
  7. Learn about Victim/Witness Care Strategy
  8. Learn more about suspect interviews and the use of non-registered intermediaries with suspects.

In Dr Kyriakidou's workshop, participants will:

  1. Learn how and why different question types affect children based on children's cognitive schemata, memory and cognitive skills
  2. Understand how situational factors may affect police interviewers', children's and intermediaries' behaviours within forensic settings
  3. Become updated with the research for best practice when interviewing vulernable people (witnesses)
  4. Be introduced to the thousand and more definitions of question types used in research in the last two decades, including its hot debates, agreements, conflicts, and progress.

Course Method

The workshop is run in the form of a small group training. The presenters will present information and will invite high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Prepared slides/handouts guide the process rather than impart information. 

The following materials are provided:

  • Timetable
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Guidance for further reading/bibliography

- Participants to log on 15 minutes prior to start of each session.

- It is required that all participants keep their cameras on throughout the workshop.

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking with 14 or more days notice, you will receive a full refund minus a £15 admin charge. If you cancel your booking with less than 48 hours' notice, we are unfortunately unable to offer a refund. However, you may substitute another delegate or transfer to another course by giving IfJ at least 24 hours’ notice.

In exceptional circumstances IfJ reserve the right to issue a full refund. Please inform us at the time of cancellation of your particular reason for cancelling. If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please do so by emailing: admin@intermediaries-for-justice.org

We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within two working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within five-ten days of refund confirmation.

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants. If the minimum number is not met, IfJ reserve the right to cancel the course with at least two weeks' notice and a full refund will be issued.