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August 2015

Acknowledgements to the BBC for the article which can be seen in full here


Wearing my strategic interview advisors ‘hat’ my first consideration when writing a suspect interview strategy was ‘is there ANY indication that the suspect needs an AA to support with understanding and explaining the custody ‘process’?

If the answer was ‘Yes’ then get one!

Rationale: An effective exponent of ‘active defence’ will, quite properly, and, if relevant to the investigation, critically review that decision with the aim of excluding any/all of the resulting interview evidence.

In Manchester, my primary area of practice, we were blessed with a vibrant and pro-active AA scheme and investment in quality competent interview managers so it was rarely a problem, not so in other areas of the UK.

What should be an alarming concern is the powder keg of high risk to justice of the combined effects of austerity measures within policing, legal aid, CPS, and the judiciary. Suggestions of restricted access to legal representation at the police station, fast track justice based on ‘confessions’, quick and easy case disposal, driven by short term demands of balance sheets and ‘bottom-lines’ combine to fuel that alarm.

The post PACE introduction of legal representation at the police station, recording of ALL suspect interviews, and PACE itself, effectively mitigated  miscarriages of justice as a result of incompetent (at best, illegal at worst!) suspect interviews (“Future miscarriages of justice will stem from witness interviewing NOT suspects”), though we should not overlook that miscarriages of justice include the guilty evading justice just as much as the innocent being wrongly convicted.

As a relic of the pre Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) era, and a practitioner from the post PACE era, I have serious concern that a return to imbalance of the scales is a real probability.

At Intersol Global we passionately believe in the highest quality investigation and investigative interviewing, and its contribution to Extraordinary Case Management (ECM) and we will continue our work with world leading practitioners and academics to promote that objective and extend that skill set to any investigative context. If any reader is interested in cutting edge developments and the combined endeavours of practitioners and academics please look up the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiirg) at and consider membership. Their next international conference returns to the UK in 2016.

“A group of stock traders teamed with two Ukrainian-based computer hackers to make $100 million in illegal profits by gaining access to hundreds of press releases of many leading U.S. companies and trading on the stolen news before it became public.
All told 16 individual stock traders, and 14 businesses profited from the illegal trades, according to civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nine of those individuals, including the two hackers, also face federal criminal charges. One federal indictment was unsealed in New Jersey and the other in Brooklyn on Tuesday”. (CNN)

See full report here




We are proud to support Professor Fiona Gabbert as she launches Goldsmith Universities new Forensic Psychology Unit on the 8th September 2015 with a host of internationally renowned academics presenting followed by a Q and A on the future of the discipline.

Intersol Global believe passionately in the application of psychology research to the world of Extraordinary Case Management (ECM). It is preferable that research has a place in the world of practice and adds value to the process of investigation and ECM.

Join us for a series of exciting talks to launch the new Goldsmiths Forensic Psychology Unit.

The day will conclude with a ticketed public lecture by Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine) on False Memories followed by an opportunity to put your questions on the future of forensic psychology to an all-star panel of international experts.

For more information about the launch and to book click here

From The Law Society Gazette:

The lord chancellor is now talking to representatives of criminal solicitors and has invited ideas for making improvements and savings. Here’s one. Abolish advice and assistance at the police station and save that chunk of the budget.

Police interviews serve no useful purpose today. We continue with the ritual because we have become so accustomed to it and we don’t pause to examine its usefulness. But if the government must make savings, then I would rather give up that section of the work on condition that:

For full article click here

What do you think? Is it time for the last one out to turn off the light? Do suspects never want to demonstrate their innocence? Do they perhaps want to present an alibi? Might the investigation just need to explore motive perhaps – not yet seen DNA, cctv, or a surveillance log that proves motive or intent for example. What about vulnerable suspects, intelligence, suspects who become key witnesses?

On this occasion demonstrates complete ignorance of investigative excellence and ingredients of offences and points to prove?

Ian Ross, a key associate of Intersol Global, and foremost expert on Fraud Investigation, has just had his latest work published by Wiley.

Foreword by James D. Ratley, CFE, President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

“As technologies and fraud techniques become more complex, fraud investigation must increase in complexity as well. However, this does not mean that time-tested strategies for detecting criminals have become obsolete. Instead, it means that a hands-on approach to fraud detection and management is needed more than ever”.

See link to publication here