Specialist Suspect Interviewing

Suspect interviews must be carefully planned and executed by suitably trained investigative interviewers.

The interviewer must possess the ability to analyse accurately the information gained from all areas of an investigation in order to conduct an ethical and legally acceptable interview.

Course Content

The course is designed to include the following specific areas:

  • Back to Basics
  • Decision making
  • Briefing Models
  • Psychology of Suspect Interviewing Interview Planning
  • Dealing with Vulnerable Suspects
  • Briefing a Solicitor
  • Sex Offender Interviews
  • Use of an Interpreter
  • Urgent Interviews
  • Use of Telephone Data Analysis
  • Role of the BIA
  • Role of the Interviewer Adviser
  • Effective use of Evidence of Bad Character
  • Post Interview Processes
  • Evaluate own performance


Features and Benefits  

Interviews that are professionally undertaken and quality assured can have several advantages for your business.

They are:

  • Direct an investigation
  • Support the prosecution case, which saves time, money and resources
  • Increases public confidence in your business


Delivering high quality training to nationally recognised occupational standards will enhance the reputation of your business.

The course is designed to meet all the required components of the National Occupation standards as set by Skills For Justice.

The course is presented using a variety of learn styles such as: Board blasts, power-points, group work, exercises, and interview practical's. Students are provided with a range of hand-outs to support their learning. Each student will receive a copy of their interview practical and a documented feedback report

Target Groups

The course is aimed at all those who come into contact with suspects through their employment and are tasked to plan, conduct and evaluate an investigative interviews within specialist investigations such as, public protection, rape, complex investigations, financial investigations, homicide, terrorism and fatal road traffic collisions.

Must have demonstrated competence at Level 2


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