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The feasibility and practicability of police training investigative interviewers' perceptions towards coaching

Lotte Smets UGent and Christina Pauwels UGent (2010) POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT. 33(4). p.664-680
abstract
Purpose - Although there is an international consensus concerning how police investigative interviews should be adequately and reliably conducted, daily police interview practices are still rather poor. It is hypothetically assumed that this may be caused by unsatisfactory interview training programmes. The purpose of this paper is to focus on a new type of interviewing training, the individual coaching project, where interpersonal interview competences are being defined and optimised. Design/methodology/approach - Building upon previous studies, this paper reflects the outcome of an elaborate process concentrated on exploring new investigative interview training opportunities. In addition the interviewer's perceptions of feedback and mentoring were evaluated in order to study the feasibility and practicability of the individual coaching project. Findings - Results showed that 72 per cent of the participating interviewers were very eager about their project participation. Almost all interviewers thought the coaching project was very worthwhile and instructive, and believed they really developed and optimised their interview skills. Originality/value - The present paper innovatively contributes to the current discussion concerning investigative interviewing and training by concentrating and defining the role and necessity of ongoing feedback. Moreover this paper concentrates on the content of this new training project, which can be of high interest for the daily police interview practices.
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Competences, VICTIMS, Role play, Coaching, Interviews, FORENSIC INTERVIEWS, COGNITIVE INTERVIEW, DELIBERATE PRACTICE, NEGOTIATION SKILLS, SEXUAL-ABUSE, CHILD-ABUSE, Training, Police
journal title
POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT
Policing-An Int J Police Strategies & Manag.
volume
33
issue
4
pages
664 - 680
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000286480800006
ISSN
1363-951x
DOI
10.1108/13639511011085079
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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986709
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-986709
date created
2010-06-25 10:51:27
date last changed
2011-03-17 13:14:26
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  abstract     = {Purpose - Although there is an international consensus concerning how police investigative interviews should be adequately and reliably conducted, daily police interview practices are still rather poor. It is hypothetically assumed that this may be caused by unsatisfactory interview training programmes. The purpose of this paper is to focus on a new type of interviewing training, the individual coaching project, where interpersonal interview competences are being defined and optimised. Design/methodology/approach - Building upon previous studies, this paper reflects the outcome of an elaborate process concentrated on exploring new investigative interview training opportunities. In addition the interviewer's perceptions of feedback and mentoring were evaluated in order to study the feasibility and practicability of the individual coaching project. Findings - Results showed that 72 per cent of the participating interviewers were very eager about their project participation. Almost all interviewers thought the coaching project was very worthwhile and instructive, and believed they really developed and optimised their interview skills. Originality/value - The present paper innovatively contributes to the current discussion concerning investigative interviewing and training by concentrating and defining the role and necessity of ongoing feedback. Moreover this paper concentrates on the content of this new training project, which can be of high interest for the daily police interview practices.},
  author       = {Smets, Lotte and Pauwels, Christina},
  issn         = {1363-951x},
  journal      = {POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES \& MANAGEMENT},
  keyword      = {Competences,VICTIMS,Role play,Coaching,Interviews,FORENSIC INTERVIEWS,COGNITIVE INTERVIEW,DELIBERATE PRACTICE,NEGOTIATION SKILLS,SEXUAL-ABUSE,CHILD-ABUSE,Training,Police},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {664--680},
  title        = {The feasibility and practicability of police training investigative interviewers' perceptions towards coaching},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13639511011085079},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Smets, Lotte, and Christina Pauwels. 2010. “The Feasibility and Practicability of Police Training Investigative Interviewers’ Perceptions Towards Coaching.” Policing-an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 33 (4): 664–680.
APA
Smets, L., & Pauwels, C. (2010). The feasibility and practicability of police training investigative interviewers’ perceptions towards coaching. POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT, 33(4), 664–680.
Vancouver
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Smets L, Pauwels C. The feasibility and practicability of police training investigative interviewers’ perceptions towards coaching. POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT. 2010;33(4):664–80.
MLA
Smets, Lotte, and Christina Pauwels. “The Feasibility and Practicability of Police Training Investigative Interviewers’ Perceptions Towards Coaching.” POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT 33.4 (2010): 664–680. Print.