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Cambridge Society for the Application of Research
Churchill College, Storey's Way, CB3 0DS Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Effective terrorist interrogation without torture — why tough tactics fail, and rapport gets results
Emily Alison & Prof. Laurence J. Alison, University of Liverpool
The popular mythology of beating confessions from suspects has been shown to be counterproductive, while new research is providing a successful way forward.
Despite the field of police interrogations/interviews receiving much attention in recent years, there is a considerable lack of research and literature surrounding interviews with high value detainees. What both the historical record and the research tells us is that this is false- such strategies do not work to elicit information. In fact, they degrade the quality of the information obtained or harden resistance. So, practitioners are left asking ‘what will work?' In this presentation, we will outline the model we have developed off the back of very detailed observations of over 2,000 hours of field interrogations with high value detainees and terrorist subjects and show how rapport based interpersonal methods, whilst by no means a guarantee, are an interviewer’s best chance of securing accurate, expedient and potentially lifesaving information and intelligence.
Emily Alison has worked as a behavioural consultant psychologist for the last 20 years, providing treatment in both the criminal justice sector and in the community.
Professor Alison is Director of Critical and Major Incident (CAMI) Research at the Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool. CAMI focuses on high profile critical and major incidents (from disaster management to terrorism).
The lecture starts at 7:30 but we suggest arriving early as you must check in at the reception desk to get an entry ticket.