Sex Offences, Lies and Terrorism Tackled In Global ‘Interview Conference’

19 March 2008

David Walsh

Dave Walsh, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Crime and Justice degree course.

The conference will be a showcase of the latest leading research in interviewing.

Dave Walsh

The latest thinking on how law enforcement agencies can fairly interview people suspected of terrorism, sex offences and other serious crimes - and detect when they are lying - will be revealed in a two-day international conference in Derby.

Senior UK police officers and academics - and experts from China, Polynesia, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium and Australia - will attend the event at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site, on March 26-27.

It is being staged by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), which brings together researchers and professional interviewers - often from law enforcement agencies - wishing to learn the latest methods of interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects of crime.

The iIIRG is funded by the University of Teesside and the Norwegian Police University College, in Oslo.

Conference speakers will cover issues such as the ‘ethical’ interviewing of suspected sex offenders, talking to terrorist suspects in public safety investigations and the current thinking on whether it is easy for interviewers to tell if somebody is lying to them.

The interview techniques used by Chinese criminal investigators and the Swedish National Police will also be discussed, as well as the latest UK police methods.

Notable British attendees will include Dr Rebecca Milne - the foremost academic on the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Investigative Interviewing Strategic Steering Group - and Gary Shaw, National Interview Adviser for Crime Operational Support, in the National Policing Improvement Agency.

Mick Creedon, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, will deliver the welcoming address for the conference, which is expected to attract around 100 people.

He said: "I am delighted to open this important conference and particularly pleased that it is taking place at the University of Derby.

"After spending most of my professional career as an investigator, I am passionate about developing the best possible understanding of how to develop skilled investigative interviewers to support justice."

Event organiser Dave Walsh, who is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Crime and Justice degree course at the University of Derby, said: "This conference represents an excellent opportunity for academics and practitioners to work together to improve the practice of interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects of crime.

"It is also a further example of how researchers, and professionals involved in interviewing these groups of people, value the strong relationship we have with each other. The conference will be a showcase of the latest leading research in interviewing."

Attending the conference will be senior police officers from Derbyshire, the London Metropolitan Police, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, West and South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Cleveland, Sussex, Humberside, the City of London, and West Mercia; and Government representatives and academics from 15 UK universities.

Around 20 students from the University of Derby’s BA (Hons) Crime and Justice, and Criminology degrees will attend the conference free as a result of a successful research grant application.

For information about the event contact Dave Walsh on email d.walsh@derby.ac.uk. To register for a place email r.probart@derby.ac.uk.

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