Interpreter-assisted investigative interviews: police officer perceptions and experiences

Nunan, Jordan H. (2016) Interpreter-assisted investigative interviews: police officer perceptions and experiences. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The current political climate of mass asylum seekers and national security threats may explain why research attention is shifting to frontline investigatory interpreting. The necessity for police interpreting could not be more topical, with an influx of migration and need to investigate serious crimes involving foreign nationals. However, there is a lack of primary research regarding police interpreters within England and Wales. Hence, the aim of this research was to critically investigate police officer experiences and perceptions of interpreters within investigative interviews in England and Wales. Therefore, a highly structured self-completion questionnaire was administered via designated gatekeepers to police officers from numerous forces across England and Wales. Moreover, the questionnaire was divided into 3 parts, with part 1 collecting the characteristics of the participants, part 2 exploring the participants’ last interpreter-mediated interview, and part 3 investigating the participants’ interviewing experiences.
    From this sample, police perceptions and experiences of interpreters were found to be largely positive. Furthermore, only 46% of the sample stated they had received some form of specific training on the use of interpreters. Hence, there is a need to enhance police officers’ knowledge of interpreters, as a lack of police understanding has been identified regarding the interpreter’s role, and inviting the interpreter into planning stage of an interview. The process of interpreting was reported by participants to increase the interview’s length, impact on rapport building, and disrupt the interview’s flow. Thus, highlighting the need for further examination within this area of investigative interviewing, in order to reform police and interpreter training and practices.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:45
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:45

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