A good cop approach securing better crime investigation results

A good cop approach securing better crime investigation results 14 October 2013

Making rapport the norm

The quantity and the quality of information in a police interview can be seen as the lifeblood of a crime investigation. A Therapeutic Jurisprudential (TJ) approach may help a lot. The purpose of TJ is to execute legal procedures that promote the psychological well-being of the individuals involved in a juridical action. It is suggested that this feeling a well-being starts with the police interview.

Research has shown that offenders and crime victims perceive these interviews as characterised by either dominance or humanity (colloquially known as “good cop/bad cop”). The humanitarian rapport “good cop” interview, compared with the dominant “bad cop” approach, helps crime victims provide the information that they can remember and, without so much stress, a high psychological well-being. Moreover, the ‘humanitarian’ interview also helps offenders to provide information, also in a less-stressed atmosphere.

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