The effects of different influential messages in police interviews: A cultural perspective
10 / 2007 - 10 / 2009
The research focuses on different influential messages in police interviews. An important assumption in this case is that the effect of influential messages varies across cultures. The aim of my study is to determine which factors contribute to effective police interviews and how this can be viewed in cross-cultural context. Therefore I will take into account different aspects of police interviews. First of all I will take a closer look upon influence strategies used by police officers and their relation with police interview outcomes. The aim of a police interview is not about getting a suspect to confess, but being able to determine the truth. A good (working) relationship is presumed to be helpful in this case. The quality of the relationship between the police officer and the suspect is also important to enhance the suspect s willingness to give a statement. A statement both about the crime and the suspect himself are considered relevant. I m really interested in finding out what an effective police interview is exactly, and how this can be established in police practice. Finally, a police interview is a dynamic process that should not only take into account influence messages from police officers, but influential attempts from suspects as well.