Obtaining best evidence from the autistic interviewee: Police-reported challenges, legal requirements and psychological research-based recommendations

Katie Maras, Mulcahy Susan, Laura Crane, Tamsyn Hawken, Amina Memon

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Autism spectrum disorder presents unique challenges for police officers seeking to obtain best evidence. In this article, we outline some of the characteristics of autism that require special consideration at interview (to best support autistic people), together with findings from a survey of almost 400 UK police officers regarding their experiences and perceptions of challenges they face when interviewing autistic people. We discuss current challenges, what strategies may be helpful and directions for future research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalInvestigative Interviewing: Research and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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