Investigative interviewing of those suspected or accused of wrongdoing - The PEACE model
The PEACE model of investigative interviewing is a tried and tested framework around which to build a whole host of tactics and strategies. This course is aimed at developing the participants’ skills and abilities in applying those options whilst conducting ethical investigative interviews. Entering an interview with an open mind is crucial to a principled and just investigation and this course is suitable for all professionals who deal with allegations of misconduct or criminal behaviour. From internal discipline enquiries right the way through to serious crime investigations, our trainers have carried out interviews in a wide and challenging range of settings. This course is designed to fit exactly within your organisation’s needs. It will not only comply with all relevant legislation (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Codes of Practice, Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, etc.) but will also be adapted to include your organisations’ policies and procedures – making it a truly bespoke learning event for you and/or your staff.
By the end of this module the attending participants will be able to, amongst other learning outcomes:
Module duration and delivery methodology
The full course – which includes Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) requirements along with other criminal justice system elements – is delivered across five days and is designed to take the attendees from little or no knowledge to a level of operational competence by the end of the week. Alternative options exist whereby shorter, more intense or more focused tuition can be given as a refresher module to those already executing investigative interviews or to organisations who conduct internal inquiries only (and thus do not need the PACE aspects). Typically these options are delivered across two to four days depending on your identified needs.
You will see that many of the learning descriptors above make mention that the participants will be able to “Demonstrate the ability to …” This is because this is an intensely practical course where the attendees will not only be given the theoretical knowledge of what is being asked of them but they will also spend a significant amount of the course applying it and experiencing interview scenarios either first hand or vicariously.
With your assistance we will build the interview exercises around your delegates’ day-job and in order to make the experience as ‘real’ as possible we will use professional actors as the interviewees where necessary. They come with a vast amount of, UK wide (and international) experience in ‘playing’ characters from diverse settings such as petty thieves and people accused of minor assaults through to murderers, sex offenders and people traffickers – and everything in between.
Who should attend?
If you have staff who perform any form of investigative role then this course is a must. Do you or your team conduct internal discipline enquiries in any setting? Consider care homes, play groups, schools etc. right the way through to formal law-enforcement and rule-of-law agencies and departments such as Trading Standards, the Health and Safety Executive and Environmental Health investigators as just a few more examples. Human Resources Department staff and private sector investigative personnel making enquiries into internal fraud or stock-loss would all benefit from this training. The list of potential attendees who this course is aimed at is really quite long!