Witness Statement Taking



Courts have in the past been heavily critical of the manner in which statements are presented – in effect muddled and lacking structure.

This course outlines the now nationally used / taught 5 part system together with advice as to planning, preparation and note taking.

RSL delivers a series of courses covering statement taking and note takings from a basic through to advanced level.

RSL courses can be delivered as a stand-alone course or form part of a broader development programme – PIP2 serious and complex and specialist.

All courses are College of Policing and National Occupational Standards compliant.

Our courses are developed and delivered to the needs of the client, therefore they are bespoke to your training requirements.


Learning Objectives

Learners will leave this course with an understanding of:

  • Planning and Preparation
  • Note taking / time lines
  • Setting ground rules
  • Structuring a statement
  • Interview styles and questions
  • Obtaining an account
  • Evaluation
  • Relevant legislation, policies and procedures


Course Length

  • 1 to 2 days


Featured Modules

  • SE3R
  • Rapport building
  • Ground rules
  • Interview structures
  • Cognitive techniques
  • Significant Witnesses
  • Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses
  • 5 part structured statements
  • Account
  • Memory joggers
  • Evaluation
  • Legislation
  • Visually recorded interviews
  • Non – crime investigations


Course Suitability

  • Police
  • Immigration
  • Probation
  • Overseas territories
  • Banks / Insurance
  • Social care
  • NHS
  • Education
  • Fire Service
  • Charities
  • Any Investigative Body


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

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