Interpreter-mediated police interviews

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This study builds on the researchers’ experience in delivering regular training since 2000 on “working through interpreters” to Scottish police officers. Whilst most previous research has focused on the interpreter’s role, the emerging issues emphasise the role of the police professional working alongside the interpreter. The study explores initial perceptions of potential problems and expectations relating to interpreter-mediated interviews, comparing attitudes preceding and following ‘Phase I’ training. It then highlights and discusses relevant areas emerging from the initial findings which may inform the development of ‘Phase II’ training and the revision of police guidelines. Ultimately, it concludes that “working with/through interpreters” training should be integrated into interview skills training as part of the basic training of police officers.


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