Let Them Be Heard: Enabling Communication and Recall of Forensic Interviewees

Wednesday 11 October
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​Join us to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology.

A talk by Professor Becky Milne of the University of Portsmouth.

Forensic psychology has a history of research impacting upon the real world. One key area that demonstrates this influence is investigative interviewing. This lecture will endeavour to outline some ways in which research has transformed how the police and other legal practitioners go about their everyday jobs.

Investigative interviewing is at the heart of any investigation and thus the root of achieving justice in society. Thus, one of the most important tools in an investigator’s tool-box is the interview. As a result, over the past twenty-five years, practitioners and researchers have sought, and in some countries have substantially succeeded in developing procedures that improve the quality of interviews with witnesses, victims and suspects of crime. This body of work has seen successful outcomes of the interplay between academic research and practical policing. This lecture will aim to outline the developments in this field and will examine the challenges that have faced researchers trying to find solutions to real world problems, such as: How do we gather full and accurate information at the chaotic scene of a crime? What are the best ways to interview vulnerable groups (e.g. people with ASD)? How do we transfer interview training to the field? Can all law enforcement personnel interview to a good ethical standard? Finally, the lecture will point to avenues for future research, and outline what we are planning as a team.

About the speaker:

Prof Rebecca Milne BSc (Hons). PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

Becky Milne is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The main focus of her work over the past twenty years concerns the examination of police interviewing and investigation. To view her full profile, click here

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