If things were simple, word would have gotten around: a case study of Polish police interviews

Grzybek, Anita (2009) If things were simple, word would have gotten around: a case study of Polish police interviews. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Investigative interviewing is at the heart of criminal investigation. Many countries around the world have evaluated, developed and scrutinised their interviewing practices. Poland however has no published research examining these issues. This research examines investigative interviewing policies in Poland. The research was conducted at in one police station in the West of Poland. The survey included all police investigators conducting interviews with suspects, victims, witnesses and vulnerable people. It was found that the investigators were lacking in formal interview training, and the methods used within the criminal system varied from individual to individual with domination of questioning methods. Police officers do not recognise differences among interviewing suspects, witnesses or victims and they failed to recognise interviewees at risk of vulnerability. They believed they had mastered the techniques of detecting deception when interviewing individuals but their perception of deceit was based on the stereotypical cues of deception. However, their investigative procedures were not based on a desire to obtain confession from suspects but were aimed to search for the truth. This research has highlighted that Polish investigators are willing to undertake some organisational measures to enhance police interviewing in the need for further development.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/755

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