Investigative Interviewing – PIP2 Serious and Complex Crime (Witness and Victim)



In 2019 the Victims Code became law and as a result it is now not uncommon for interviewers at court to be questioned as to the method they chose to interview a witness.

Should the witness’s account be obtained by means of Video Recording Interview?

RSL offer visually recorded interview training at PIP2 Serious and Complex and Specialist levels in accordance with Achieving Best Evidence.

Our courses are bespoke to the client and can be stand alone or form part of a broader PIP2 interview package.

Incorporating National Occupational Standards (NOS) and College of Policing Guidelines.

The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 are explored in the context of Vulnerable/ Intimidated witnesses and the Special Measures that they are entitled to at court to give their best evidence.

Our courses include assessed role play interviews which can be pass/fail if required.


Learning Objectives

Learners will leave this course trained at the appropriate PIP2 level to conduct visually recorded witness interviews in accordance with Achieving Best Evidence guidelines:

  • Vulnerable Witnesses
  • Intimidated Witnesses
  • Special Measures


Course Length

  • Typically 5 days


Featured Modules

  • Mental health and learning disabilities
  • Witness assessment
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Rapport and ground rules
  • Truth and Lies
  • What effects the memory
  • Cognitive development of children
  • ROVIs
  • Victims Code
  • The use of intermediaries
  • Consent – parental responsibility
  • Special measures
  • Features of victims and offenders
  • Equipment and the role of the operator
  • Competence / comparability

Course Suitability

  • Police and law enforcement agencies
  • Interviewers from all sectors who are involved in questioning both witnesses and suspects

Please note, this course is not for individuals. We only deliver this course to organisations with 5 or more delegates.

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