Emotional intelligence in police interviews: approach, training and the usefulness of the concept

Patrick Risan, Per-Einar Binder, Becky Milne

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Abstract

In police investigative interviews, investigators may encounter interviewees who are experiencing a wide range of emotional states that must be accommodated and managed to elicit information about a given event. The aim of this study was to explore how the theoretical concept of emotional intelligence may be of value in describing investigators’ management of emotion in interviews. First, we define emotional intelligence in the context of investigative interviewing, emphasising empathy and emotion regulation. Then, we present four key considerations for training interviewers in managing emotions. The implications of implementing the concept of emotional intelligence in investigative interviewing are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-424
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Practice
Volume16
Issue number5
Early online date2 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

Keywords

  • police interview
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • rapport
  • police training

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