Police interviews with terrorist suspects are perhaps one of the most challenging interviews a police officer will experience. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the social context of these interviews and the impact that this might have upon the way in which police officers carry them out, including the use of robust, even aggressive tactics. 
 
Risks associated with various robust interview tactics, including torture, are identified, including obtaining unreliable information, problems with suspect cooperation and the potential negative impact upon community relations with police - especially perceptions of police legitimacy and community cooperation. Ways of mitigating the risks are considered including improving police officer cultural awareness, and use of ethical interviewing approaches.
 
This seminar is part of the Policing Discussion Group. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.
 

Professor Karl Roberts:

Karl Roberts is a Forensic Psychologist and Criminologist. He is Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. He is also Adjunct Professor of Pacific Policing at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His areas of expertise are within Forensic Psychology and Criminology and focus upon police processes and practices, vulnerability, victimology trauma and interpersonal violence. He is particularly interested in how insights from the Behavioural Sciences can be brought to bear to inform crime prevention and investigation strategies, the treatment and management of vulnerable persons and police organisational practices. He has published extensively on related issues including investigative interviewing, law enforcement investigation processes, the behavioural assessment of victims and offenders, violence risk assessment and risk management, stalking, honour based violence, and organisational justice. Karl works closely with law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies throughout the world providing training, behavioural insights advice to policy makers, and behavioural insights to major investigations by police and other agencies. Karl worked for the UK North Western counter terrorism unit as a behavioural consultant and interview trainer. He is a recognised expert witness in the UK and New South Wales and is a trained hostage negotiator.