Speaker: Prof Mark Kebbell (Griffith University)
Topic: Forensic Psychology
Very few sex offences are reported to the police and when they are it is often the complaint’s word against the suspect. For this reason convictions are difficult to obtain. In this presentation I will discuss how suspected sex offenders should be interviewed to ensure the most accurate accounts possible are given. I will discuss the purpose of the interview and how to plan an interview. I will then discuss potential responses from the suspect including patterns of admission and denial, dealing with challenging behaviours, probing the account, and challenges.
Mark Kebbell is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. His expertise and research concerns the effective investigation and prosecution of serious crime and the identification of high-risk offenders. He wrote guidelines (with Wagstaff) for the assessment of eyewitness evidence on behalf of the Home Office. He is the editor, with Professor Graham Davies, of the book “Practical Psychology for Forensic Investigations and Prosecutions”. He has spent a great deal of time working with police and convicted sex offenders developing effective interview strategies to elicit the truth.