Feds seek better training for interrogators

By Paul Hemsley

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will standardise interviewing and interrogation methods throughout the organisation by teaching its officers how to better extract information from suspects, witnesses and victims.

The AFP has called for bids for a training provider to instruct the agency’s officers in “theoretical and practical applications” of what it calls “investigative interviewing”, a four-tier set of training programs aimed at officers at different levels in the agency, tender documents say.

The courses will be rolled-out as a “train the trainer” curriculum in the first two tiers that are aimed at recruits who do not necessarily work in an investigative function.

At upper levels three and four, the AFP wants more advanced interrogation methods aimed at detectives working in specialist areas for interviewing victims and witnesses. Tier four is aimed at senior members managing interviews in complex investigations.

According to the AFP, the training programs will be delivered in all capital cities but the majority of the training will take place in Canberra.

The contract will run for three years from 2013 to 2016 with options for extensions of one year, two years or three years.


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