Cognitive interviewing linked to ‘fair, objective’ OIS investigations

Cognitive interviewing linked to ‘fair, objective’ OIS investigations.

The above article, from the Force Science Institute and posted at, makes an obvious but often forgotten point, that the types of interview methods we use are appropriate only to certain types of interview situations. Cognitive Interviewing, much like critical incident interviews, are about trying to get the best quality memory retrieval possible and to help the reveal to the interviewer the officers understanding of the situation at the time (not just the rationalizations and ad hoc justifications that officers or other witnesses generate to “account” for an event).

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