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May 2016

A rather thought provoking article on the topic that adds yet more to the debate on ‘whistleblowing’, particularly the semantic of the title!

Could it be that there remains confusion over when an internal covert intelligence source becomes a ‘Key Workplace Witness’? They are certainly different entities but only those with a clear insight into the ‘process’ of transforming intelligence into evidence will appreciate those differences.

Doubtless there is a compelling case that the covert intelligence source merits confidentiality but crossing the intelligence firewall inevitably leads to abandonment of that guarantee – when a covert human intelligence source becomes a key witness.

Intersol Global are expert in this arena, key contributors to processes to support and ensure best evidence from ‘Key Witnesses’, please contact for confidential discussion at info@intersolglobal.com

Link to video and articles here (Ack The Guardian)

FIFA’s head of audit and compliance, Domenico Scala, quit Saturday to protest changes at the top of global soccer’s governing body that he said will imperil efforts to eliminate corruption.
Scala, who was with the organization for four years, said a vote Friday by FIFA to let the ruling council dismiss members of its independent advisory bodies would leave them “in danger of becoming auxiliary agents of those whom they should actually supervise.” The changes were made at the first congress under new President Gianni Infantino.

Link to full article courtesy of Bloomberg here.

Intersol Global can support the GRC function to obtain checkable facts, information, and intelligence and apply same to Extraordinary Case Management (ECM®)

At Intersol Global we make a point of remaining as current and relevant as possible, regularly scanning the environment for professional development and maintaining an interest in our traditional law enforcement profession, particularly in the arena of investigative interviewing.

Achieving Best Evidence (ABE 2011) continues to inform practice, particularly in the discipline of interviewing vulnerable people.

This case is well worth a read for all professionally involved in this field and is illustrative of a growing (and proper) trend to forensically evaluate interviews, both content and process (long as it is), and the imperative for improving and maintaining competency.

This is an appeal against findings of sexual abuse made against a father and his teenage son in the course of care proceedings relating to that boy and separate care proceedings relating to the three children of a different family. In addition to a detailed challenge to the judge’s analysis of the factual evidence in this particular case, the appeal raises the following more general issues: a) The approach to determining whether a child witness should be called in the course of family proceedings following the Supreme Court decision in Re W (Children) (Family Proceedings: Evidence) [2010] UKSC 12; [2010] 1 WLR 701. b) The weight to be given to defects in both the process and the content of ABE interviews conducted with child victims and witnesses (“Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings” – Ministry of Justice March 2011). c) The approach to be taken by those representing a child in family proceedings where that child is himself accused of being the perpetrator of abuse. d) The basic requirements of due process necessary to meet the Article 6 fair trial rights of such a child during the investigation and any subsequent Family Court proceedings where he or she might properly be regarded as either a perpetrator or a victim or both.

Link to full judgement here

Some will have seen an article I posted on 13th April, if not it can be found here:

In essence it addressed 2 pressing issues as this topic attracts increasing scrutiny;

1. The terminology, and 2. The process of securing their information and ‘turning’ it into evidence if appropriate and proportionate.

As a result I will be participating in a global webinar next month exploring many of the issues (detail to follow), but in the meantime thought it appropriate to share some emerging reflection.

As workplace investigations become more significant in identifying and mitigating risk so the methodology of interviewing witnesses attracts closer scrutiny. Root cause analysis has never been more crucial, similarly the valuable information a workplace witness may be able to offer.

In a maturing workplace environment, and against a background of systemic cultural change, it is surely time to moderate the cognitive bias messages attached to the phrase ‘whistleblower’? (See previous post), in favour of the concept of a ‘KEY WORKPLACE WITNESS”? (KWW), reducing the stigma automatically attached to the phrase?

See link to article here

Eyewitnesses remember the faces of black suspects less accurately in drive-by shootings than they do in serial killings.

DNA evidence in initiatives such as the United States’ Innocence Project have been exonerating increasing numbers of people, mostly black men, who were imprisoned largely based on eyewitness testimony. This trend along with evidence that shows the fallibility of eyewitness memories may want to be considered in the Canadian justice system, says Davies.

“Eyewitness testimony is very compelling and may have the ability to sway a jury,” says Davies. “However, if we know that witnesses’ memories are inherently biased in the case of black male suspects, our justice system may want to take that into account to aid them in avoiding wrongful convictions.”

Davies study was recently published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Intersol Global are passionate about competent and relevant forensic quality investigative interviewing, determined to emphasise its significance and impact at all stages of Extraordinary Case Management (ECM®). It is crucial to understand the fragility of memory and consequent impact on fact finding interviews. For more information please contact info@intersolglobal.com 

Link to full article here.

Complyport publish regular briefing updates from the world of compliance and regulation and Intersol Global partner with them on projects requiring the application of science in investigation, investigative interviewing, advising in investigations and investigative interviews, and the design and delivery of bespoke investigation and investigative interviewing training.

Watch this space for more information on an innovative webinar to discuss ‘Whistleblowing’ in the workplace.

Full article courtesy of Complyport here.