Promoting justice: Professionalising frontline policing with an evidence-based Structured Interview Protocol

  • Gabbert, Fiona (PI)
  • Hope, Lorraine (Researcher)
  • Milne, Becky (Researcher)
  • Ellis, Tom (Researcher)
  • La Rooy, David (PI)

Project: Research

Project Details


This project is examining new and effective evidence-based interview procedures and techniques that complement national guidelines on the collection of evidence while also (a) supporting frontline police officers, (b) increasing the speed of obtaining evidence, (c) enhancing the quality of evidence obtained, and (d) promoting the success of current and future technological implementation of digital-recording in policing contexts.

Our primary AIM is therefore to support current and future generations of frontline officers via the development and introduction of the 'Structured Interview Protocol', an investigative interview protocol that will efficiently and effectively promote the conduct of ethical best practice interviews to elicit high quality information from witnesses, victims, and persons of interest.

Developed using evidence-based guidance, the protocol we are developing and testing will enhance the success of current and future technological advances in digitally-recorded interviews, at the same time consolidating and improving front line officers' practice conducting interviews. The protocol will draw upon relevant memory theory and principles of memory, current psychological theory on the strategic control of memory reporting, and cutting-edge psychological developments in investigative interviewing research, such as the 'Self-Administered Interview' (SAI; Gabbert, Hope & Fisher, 2009; Gabbert, Hope, Fisher & Jamieson, 2012; Hope, Gabbert & Fisher, 2011; Hope, Gabbert, Fisher, & Jamieson, 2013), and the NICHD Protocol (Lamb, Hershkowitz, Orbach, & Esplin, 2008).

The project is being conducted in partnership with five police organisations.
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