Interviewing- suspects / witnesses

Target Audience

Agencies (at any Level) involved in investigation and  interviewing of witnesses and suspects.


To enable delegates to comply with legislation, policies, procedures, guidelines and ‘best practice’ when interviewing witnesses and suspects.


  • PIP1 – basic witness / suspect
  • PIP 2 serious and complex – witness and suspect
  • PIP2 specialist – witness and suspect
  • PACE suspect awareness
  • Interview adviser development programme
  • Witness - video recorded interviewing / achieving best evidence (ABE) – PIP2 basic and advanced
  • Witness – statement and note  taking
  • Cognitive interviewing – basic and enhanced
  • Level 3 Fire Safety Certificate
  • Level 4 Fire safety Diploma


Delegates will leave these courses trained at the appropriate level by an accredited assessment centre – to include certification.

Witnesses; to include – Whistle blowers, Vulnerable, Intimidated, Alibi and Significant

Suspects; to include – Responsible Persons. Urgent, Intel and Voluntary

All courses contain assessed role play and can be pass/ fail if required and are bespoke to the specific needs of the client.

Courses can stand alone or form part of a national development programme such as ICIDP or IPLDP.

Core Topic Areas

  • PEACE model  / witness assessment
  • Interview structures / funnelling
  • Cognitive / enhanced / memory joggers
  • Types of questions
  • Rapport / what effects the memory
  • Ground rules – truth and lies
  • Vulnerable / intimidated witnesses
  • Special measures – use of intermediaries
  • Significant witnesses
  • Alibi witnesses
  • Features of offenders and victims
  • Psychology of interviewing – profiling
  • Decision making
  • Victims code
  • Voluntary interviews
  • Urgent interviews
  • Intel interviews
  • In custody – factors
  • Dealing with solicitors
  • Pre interview statements (disclosure)
  • Significant statements / silences
  • PACE
  • Appropriate adults
  • Interpreters
  • Prepared statements
  • No comment
  • Special warnings
  • Inferences
  • Bad character
  • Stated cases
  • Challenges
  • CPIA
  • Evaluation
  • Equipment
  • Note taking – SE3R
  • 5 part witness statement
  • Victims code
  • Consent
  • What will a child understand
  • Forensic awareness

Qualifications and NOS

These courses include the assessment criteria for witness and suspect interviews.

Dates and Prices

Duration 2-10 days depending on level
Dates Dates on request
Delegate Cost Please Enquire for Cost
Accommodation Costs and details


Course work is assessed to National Occupational Standards.

Pre-Course Modules



PowerPoint presentation, flipchart explanation, group discussion, examples, case studies and practical exercise.

Post Course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.