In the course of speaking as a guest on a podcast, I was caused to reflect on the breadth of my career. The projects I have been privileged to be involved with and some of the special things I have been able to achieve. It is with pride that every month I receive a statement from Publicious book publishing services indicating that one by one, people are still getting value from a small red book that I wrote some years ago on applying the principles of the PEACE model of investigative interviewing to workplace investigations.
Privileged too, to have the esteemed Professor Ray Bull DSc. FAPS, FBPsS, recipient in 2010 of a Special Prize for his extensive contributions to investigative interviewing, provide a reference for the book quoted above. He also wrote:
“In this very welcome and readable publication Harriet Stacey ( my former name) and Alison Page ( my brilliant colleague) rightly cover the three main topics of the rules, the theory/research, and the practice, while meaningfully describing how relevant skills can be learnt.”
Whilst vast amounts of research have been conducted and reported on since this little books’ publication, it still provides succinct, easy to read practical guidance for interviewers and is a worthy companion or reference book to any investigations course.
What you may not know, is that this book comes from failure. A failure to complete the biggest project I ever set out on – A PhD in forensic psychology.
Over 10 years, on and off, whilst I created three children and grew a business, I kept running research experiments with hundreds of children and police officers. Eventually I had enough information to start writing my PhD thesis. Sadly, with three tiny children and very little sleep I could not finish the task. I did however, with Alison’s help, put together a very useful little book. The book has been read by more people than a thesis would ever be viewed by. The book deals with important legal topics such as procedural fairness, the right to silence, confidentiality and anonymity and the role of a support person. It also covers the theory of the PEACE model and cognitive interviewing. The book even sets out how to plan an interview, preparing your script and record keeping options. The final section deals with vulnerable people and adapting your interview to meet these needs.
If you have a copy of the little red book, I hope you read it often, to remind you of the key stages necessary in every investigative interview, and if you don’t you can pick up a copy at Amazon.com for less than the price of lunch!
Download an extract from the book.
If you are interested in more resources on investigative interviewing and the PEACE model MyKludo holds an annual Virtual Investigative Interviewing Conference in December. To access the sessions from last years conference visit Courses.MyKludo.com .
Read our blogs of interest on Conducting Remote Investigative Interviews