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The Discourse of Police Interviews$
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Marianne Mason and Frances Rock

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226647654

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226647821.001.0001

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Patterns of Cooperation between Police Interviewers with Suspected Sex Offenders

Patterns of Cooperation between Police Interviewers with Suspected Sex Offenders

(p.136) Chapter Seven Patterns of Cooperation between Police Interviewers with Suspected Sex Offenders
The Discourse of Police Interviews

Tatiana Tkacukova

Gavin E. Oxburgh

University of Chicago Press

Over the past decades, the research on police interviews has produced a number of different categorizations of questioning techniques and question typologies. However, one aspect that remains largely ignored is the impact of two interviewers. Having two officers conduct the interview creates unique interview dynamics and distinct co-operation patterns, which ultimately influence the questioning process and interview strategies. In the UK, the official guidelines on co-operation between the interviewers are vague and it is thus up to individual officers how they manage the interview and their co-operation during the interview. The analysis of interview dynamics and co-operation patterns (e.g., turn-taking patterns, ratio of questioning turns between the two interviewers, coherence links between the interviewers’ turns) from twenty investigative interviews with suspected sex offenders illustrates the different approaches to co-operation adopted by interviewers. The chapter comments on turn-taking management between interviewers and the function of second interviewers’ questions. The authors argue for clearer guidelines on co-operation between the interviewers for investigative interviews.

Keywords:   co-operation patterns, sex offenders, PEACE, conversation analysis, interview dynamics, turn-taking

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