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Police Investigative Interviews and Interpreting

Context, Challenges, and Strategies, 1st Edition

By Sedat Mulayim, Miranda Lai, Caroline Norma


147 pages

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Police interviews with suspects and witnesses provide some of the most significant evidence in criminal investigations. Frequently challenging, they require special training and skills. This interaction process is further complicated when the suspect or witness does not speak the same language as the interviewer. A professional reference that can be used in police training or in any venue where an interpreter is used, Police Investigative Interviews and Interpreting: Context, Challenges, and Strategies provides solutions for the range of interview demands found in today’s multilingual environments.

Topics include:

  • What interpreting is, the skills required, and the role of interpreters in any job context

  • Investigative interviewing in law enforcement

  • Concerns about interpreter intervention and its impact on interview outcomes

  • The value of word-based over meaning-based interpretation in police and legal contexts

  • Nonlinguistic factors that can have an impact on the interpreting process

The book explores the multi-faceted dynamics of conducting investigative interviews via interpreters and examines current investigative interviewing paradigms. It offers strategies to help interpreters and law enforcement officers and provides examples of interpreted interview excerpts to enable understanding. Although the subject matter and the examples in this book are largely limited to police interview settings, the underlying rationale applies to other professional areas that rely on interviews to collect information, including customs procedures, employer-employee interviews, and insurance claim investigations.

This book is part of the CRC Press Advances in Police Theory and Practice Series.

Table of Contents

The Interpreting Profession. What Is Interpreting? The Interpreting Process. Skills Required for Interpreting. Modes of Interpreting. The Professional Role of Interpreters in Legal Settings. Investigative Interviewing. The Significance of Investigative Interviews. Main Features of Police Discourse. Two Major Police Interview Models. Overview of Interpreting Challenges and Interpreter Conduct Issues. Overview of Interpreter Intervention. The Role of Professional Interpreters. Conduct Issues of Professional Interpreters. Linguistic Transfer Issues in Police. Interpreting and Recommended Strategies. Style of Interpreting: Free versus Literal. The Law and Words. The Power of Words. Handling Interviewer’s Rapport-Building Strategies. Misinterpreting Lexical Items/Collocations. Misinterpreting Grammatical Structures/Units. Personality and Linguistic Skills: Author Profiling. Managing Speech Styles of Speakers. Other Linguistic Related and Nonlinguistic Issues in Police. Interpreting and Recommended Strategies. Managing Turn-Taking. Managing Overlapping Turns in Police Interviews. Managing Deliberate Attempts to Undermine Communication. Dealing With Nonfluency and Paralinguistic Features. Maintaining "Hedges". Strengthening/Clarifying Answers. Hyperformality. Managing Multicomponent Questions and Answers: "Chunking" Issues. Managing Clarification. Conclusion. References. Index.

About the Authors

Sedat Mulayin is the current discipline head of translating and interpreting at RMIT University in Australia.

Miranda Lai is currently a lecturer and trainer in translating and interpreting at RMIT University in Australia.

Caroline Norma, Ph.D, is a lecturer in the Master of Translation Studies degree at RMIT University of Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Advances in Police Theory and Practice

Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology