Police interview competencies: assessment and associated traits
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 20, Issue 7, pages 567–584, November 2006
How to Cite
De Fruyt, F., Bockstaele, M., Taris, R. and Van Hiel, A. (2006), Police interview competencies: assessment and associated traits. Eur. J. Pers., 20: 567–584. doi: 10.1002/per.594
- Issue published online: 30 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Received: 30 OCT 2005
- police interviewing;
- coaching and development;
- law enforcement;
- competency models;
The present study empirically examines the structure of police interview competencies in self-reports of 230 police investigators suggesting five major underlying dimensions, that is, ‘Careful-tenacious’, ‘Controlled-non-reactive’, ‘Dominant-insisting’, ‘Communicative’ and ‘Benevolent’. These dimensions discriminate performance in a series of interview vignettes, grouped in terms of type of case (interviewing a suspect, a witness or a victim) and type of suspect. In addition self-ratings on these dimensions are related to self-estimated interview effectiveness in the same vignettes. Participants are further administered the NEO PI-R (Costa, P. T., & McCrae, R. R. (1992). Professional manual: Revised NEO personality inventory (NEO-PI-R) and NEO five-factor-inventory (NEO-FFI). Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources), enabling an examination of the relationship between the competence dimensions and their personality trait building blocks. The implications of this study for the development and coaching of police interview competencies are discussed. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.