Interviewing Skills

9.30 to 13.00 each day

Virtual by Microsoft Teams

This is an intensive course providing the foundation and theory on which to undertake an effective investigative interview with a witness or an offender and produce an evidential statement or record of interview to further any investigation.

Elements of the theory will be demonstrated and delegates will participate in short exercises to practise their application and awareness of hazards.

Interviewing is a practical skill but there is a lot of theory that needs to be understood as a foundation, which is provided by this course.  A sequel is available which builds on the foundation with further practical application via a case study, role actors and constructive feedback.  The second day can be scheduled subject to enough demand.

Main topics

  • How people store and retrieve information
  • Importance of interview preparation and how to create a plan
  • Factors influencing the timing of an interview, the choice of interview location and the resources that may be necessary to conduct an effective interview
  • Distinguish between a productive and counterproductive questions
  • Detail and fine grain detail
  • Methods for checking the meaning and accuracy of the information provided, and challenging an account
  • Construct an accurate structured statement from the investigative interview
  • Closing an interview and its importance for the investigative process


Intermediate.  The course is designed for people interviewing and statement taking from user evidence for modification orders.  The techniques apply equally to enforcement.


Alison Knight is a senior partner at Alison Knight Training Consultancy and an experienced investigator having held a wide range of operational, training and organisational appointments. Specialising in bespoke advice, training and support for all areas of investigation for the public and private sector.


Members £251, non-members £359 ( exc VAT)


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Member Discount

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New members must have completed the membership process no less than two weeks before the event to qualify for discount.


A member can substitute for another member without charge.

A member can substitute for a non-member but the discount will not apply if the booking has already been invoiced.

A non-member substituting for a member after the invoice has been raised will incur a charge of £30 for second invoice plus the amount of the discount.


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Cancellation after the invoice has been raised will remain chargeable in full.

Cancellation prior to an invoice being raised will not incur charge.

If an event should be undersubscribed or a trainer should be unavailable through illness or injury, IPROW reserves the right to cancel the event  or postpone to a date agreed with all parties. Fees already paid will be refunded if the event is cancelled or a person booked is not able to attend as a result of postponement.

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