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Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI)

Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI) PurposeHigh-profile critical incidents involving multiple witnesses, particularly terrorist attacks, have increased over the years. The purpose of this paper is 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.Design/methodology/approachThis 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.FindingsA 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 implicationsIt 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.Originality/valueNo other papers have been published that consider the development of witness interview-strategies for multiple-witnesses in critical incidents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Forensic Practice Emerald Publishing

Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI)

Journal of Forensic Practice , Volume 20 (4): 11 – Nov 12, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2050-8794
DOI
10.1108/JFP-03-2018-0007
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Abstract

PurposeHigh-profile critical incidents involving multiple witnesses, particularly terrorist attacks, have increased over the years. The purpose of this paper is 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.Design/methodology/approachThis 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.FindingsA 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 implicationsIt 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.Originality/valueNo other papers have been published that consider the development of witness interview-strategies for multiple-witnesses in critical incidents.

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Journal of Forensic PracticeEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 12, 2018

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