Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI)

Kevin Smith (National Crime Agency, London, UK)
Becky Milne (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

The Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 2050-8794

Publication date: 12 November 2018

Abstract

Purpose

High-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/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.

Originality/value

No other papers have been published that consider the development of witness interview-strategies for multiple-witnesses in critical incidents.

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Citation

Smith, K. and Milne, B. (2018), "Witness interview strategy for critical incidents (WISCI)", The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 268-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-03-2018-0007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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