Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI)

Kevin Smith, Becky Milne

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Abstract

Purpose - High-profile critical incidents involving multiple witnesses, particularly terrorist attacks, have increased over the years. This paper sets out to describe the components of a witness interview strategy for this type of investigation. Central to these cases is a need for a triage system which deals with a large number of witness/victim interviews that must be conducted fast time.

Approach - This paper was developed based on the experience of the authors who provide practical advice and support to these types of investigations and a dialogue with police interview advisers involved in developing this type of strategy.

Findings - A witness interview strategy for critical incidents involving multiple witnesses should be set within a framework that covers initial contact with the witnesses, the interview process and post-interview processes.

Practical Implications - It is important that a witness interview strategy is developed for any critical incident involving multiple witnesses to ensure that what could otherwise be a chaotic process is effectively managed. Such a strategy should be set within a framework that covers initial contact with the witnesses, the interview process and post-interview processes.

Originality value - No other papers have been published that consider the development of witness interview-strategies for multiple-witnesses in critical incidents.
Original languageEnglish
Journal The Journal of Forensic Practice
Early online date14 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 14 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • critical-incident
  • terrorism
  • police investigation
  • witness
  • interview strategy
  • multiple witnesses

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