Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
There is little doubt that evidence obtained from witnesses is critical to the successful resolution of criminal investigations. The Cognitive Interview procedure, which applies memory-enhancing techniques and generates greater amounts of reliable and accurate details from witnesses, is widely accepted in policing practice.
Interviewing Victims and Witnesses – Memory Enhancing Techniques is the second course in the four part Interview & Interrogation Series. It explores the cognitive interview approach and reviews the processes and methods for facilitating a memory-enhancing interview. Using videos and other treatments, this course will teach techniques such as building rapport, context reinstatement, note taking, and reverse order recall to maximize outcomes when interviewing victims and witnesses.
When you have completed this course you will be able to:
- Explain the purpose a ‘cognitive interview’ and how memory is processed
- Describe the factors that affect memory processing
- Describe how to lay out the interview room
- Explain the sequence of steps involved in facilitating a memory enhancing interview