Myths about Police Interviewing
The discussion of prior research into police behaviour and interviewing in Chapter 2 identified a number of studies that directly or indirectly highlighted the potential for an institutional ‘mythology’ about police interviewing. For instance, Baldwin (1993) specifies a number of police beliefs that he finds to be erroneous or based on false assumptions and therefore directly contributes to our understanding of a police interviewing mythology. On the other hand, a number of forensic linguistic studies of police interviews with non-native English speakers were found to be based on expectations about interviews with native English speakers that have not yet been investigated. These studies suggest indirectly that there may be institutionally held beliefs about the process of police interviewing which require further study. The findings of these prior studies will be drawn upon in different ways to provide a starting point for the exploration of a number of specific ‘myths’ underlying the discourse of the interviews. Once the nature of a myth has been described, a salient discourse feature, or set of features, identified in the previous three chapters will provide a framework through which the effect of this myth on the discourse can be analysed.
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