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‘For the Record’: applying linguistics to improve evidential consistency in police investigative interview records

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posted on 2023-10-27, 13:15 authored by Kate Haworth, James Tompkinson, Emma RichardsonEmma Richardson, Felicity Deamer, Magnus HamannMagnus Hamann

The 'For the Record' project (FTR) is a collaboration between a team of linguistic researchers and police in the England & Wales jurisdiction (E&W). The aim of the project is to apply insights from linguistics to improve evidential consistency in police interview transcripts, which are routinely produced by transcribers employed by the police. The research described in this short report is intended as a pilot study, before extension nationally. For this part of the project, we analysed several types of data, including interview audio and transcripts provided by one force. This identified key areas where current transcription practice could be improved and enhanced, and a series of recommendations were made to that force. This pilot study indicates that there are three core components of quality transcription production in this context: Consistency, Accuracy, and Neutrality. We propose that the most effective way to address the issues identified is through developing new training and guidance for police interview transcribers. 

Funding

Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics by Research England's Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Frontiers in Communication

Volume

8

Publisher

Frontiers Media

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Haworth, Tompkinson, Richardson, Deamer and Hamann

Publisher statement

This is an Open-Access article published by Frontiers Media and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. See https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2023-10-09

Publication date

2023-10-27

Copyright date

2023

eISSN

2297-900X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Emma Richardson. Deposit date: 9 October 2023

Article number

1178516

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