Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)©

Farrugia, Laura, Oxburgh, Gavin and Gabbert, Fiona (2019) Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)©. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 10 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 2227-7420

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Abstract

Forensic interviewing forms an integral part of a police/law enforcement officer’s main duties and responsibilities. However, not every interviewer possesses suitable interview skills to be able to complete this effectively and despite the introduction of the PEACE model of interviewing, with the last ‘E’ focusing specifically on ‘Evaluation’, this stage of the interview
model rarely gets the attention it deserves. This is concerning given the need for forensic interviews to be ethical, productive and admissible. The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT)© is a recently developed tool designed to record all aspects of a forensic interview including questioning, interviewee responses and interview/interviewee characteristics. The development
of this tool is considered within the context of a forensic interview and in comparison to similar tools, namely the Griffiths Question Map (GQM). Whilst still in its infancy and requiring empirical testing and validation, it is anticipated that the FITã will assist with the effective
evaluations of forensic interviews in order to ensure compliance with relevant guidance and legislation, as well as ensuring that effective interview skills pertain to best practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic interviews, police, evaluation of police interviews, questioning, information gain
Subjects: Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Laura Farrugia
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 13:19
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 13:37
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11045
ORCID for Laura Farrugia: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8981-9546

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