Police officers' perceptions of older eyewitnesses

Wright, Allison M. and Holliday, Robyn (2005) Police officers' perceptions of older eyewitnesses. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 10 (Part 2). pp. 211-223. ISSN 1355-3259 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Purpose. This study examined United Kingdom police officers' perceptions about older witnesses (> 60 years) and their thoughts about employing the cognitive interview (CI) with this group. Method. A questionnaire was used to assess officers' opinions about current interviewing protocols for older witnesses, including the CI, and to explore the challenges involved with interviewing older witnesses. Results. Over half of the officers surveyed perceived older witnesses to be less reliable and less thorough than younger witnesses. Many officers lacked confidence in dealing with the emotional distress and memory loss often displayed by older witnesses and victims. Several officers stated they were inadequately trained and had insufficient time to devote to interviewing in general. Moreover, the number of officers who considered the CI to be helpful with older witnesses was roughly equivalent to the number of officers who believed it was not. Conclusions: These results suggest that police officers, like mock jurors, consider older adult witnesses and victims to be less reliable and thorough than younger adult witnesses. Furthermore, the results indicate that many officers are not always satisfied with their interviews of older witnesses and victims. Implications for officer training are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2008 11:09
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 15:09
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4601 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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