Masterclass in eliciting intelligence information


CREST Researchers delivered a masterclass on intelligence interviewing to over fifty practitioners from European government, police and military organisations. The day covered new techniques and findings from ground breaking research and was delivered in partnership with the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (IIIRG).

One of the principal objectives of CREST is not just to undertake cutting-edge research on security issues, but to ensure that this is communicated in ways that are useful for non-academic audiences. We do this in a variety of ways, including a magazine (CSR), guides, and toolkits. We also communicate our research through conferences and specialist events.

Earlier this year, an international group of researchers, not all CREST funded, presented their research on different aspects of interviewing. This included explaining why rapport-based approaches get better results than tough tactics in interviews; revealing research findings showing that the greatest amount of information can sometimes be elicited by not asking questions (via the ‘Scharff technique’ – read more ‘here’); and describing strategies for generating mutual understanding between interviewers and interviewees.

CREST has produced a report summarising the presentations, which can be downloaded here: CREST Report - Masterclass in Eliciting Intelligence Information

The full contents and presenters were:

  • Professor Pär-Anders Granhag, Gothenburg University,The Scharff Technique: How to elicit information from sources
  • Professor Laurence Alison, University of Liverpool, Why tough tactics fail and rapport gets results
  • Professor Lorraine Hope, University of Portsmouth, Eliciting information using a multi-modal Timeline Technique
  • Professor Paul Taylor, Lancaster University, Strategies for understanding others and helping them understand you
  • Professor Maria Hartwig, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Implicit cognition in investigative interviewing: Using priming to promote disclosure
  • Professor Aldert Vrij, University of Portsmouth, Cognitive Credibility Assessment: A theoretical and empirical overview

This CREST masterclass was organised by CREST Researcher Professor Lorraine Hope with the support of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group.

Masterclass In Eliciting Intelligence InformationYou can download the report for free here CREST Report - Masterclass in Eliciting Intelligence Information.

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