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The aim of the current study was to obtain a snapshot of police officer’s beliefs about factors that may influence the outcome of the investigative interview with suspects. We created a 26-item survey that contained statements around three specific themes: best interview practices, confessions and interviewee vulnerabilities. Police officers (N = 101) reported their beliefs on each topic by indicating the level of agreement or disagreement with each statement. The findings indicated that this sample of officers held beliefs that were mostly consistent with the literature. However, many officers also responded in the mid-range (neither agree nor disagree) which may indicate they are open to developing literature-consistent beliefs of the topics. Understanding what officers believe about factors within the investigative interview may have implications for future training. It may also help explain why some officers do not consistently apply best practices (i.e. strong counterfactual beliefs) versus officers who reliably apply literature-consistent practices to their interviews (i.e. knowledge-consistent beliefs).
Author(s): Adams-Quackenbush NM, Horselenberg R, van Koppen PJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Print publication date: 01/12/2019
Online publication date: 10/11/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2018
Date deposited: 24/08/2020
ISSN (print): 0882-0783
ISSN (electronic): 1936-6469
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