Building Competence on Investigative Interviewing in Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil.
NCHR has worked with the Ministry of Public Security and the People's Police Academy since 2011. The first phase of the project identified candidates for a core group of Vietnamese experts that eventually will form the backbone of the corps of instructors for the Vietnamese police in investigative interviewing. The expert group has developed Vietnamese training modules and curriculum to be taught in the police academies in Vietnam. The second phase of the project concerns expanding the corps of instructors to cover the major police districts as well as the training and teaching facilities. The training and selection is undertaken jointly with the Vietnamese experts.
Having started out as a search for alternatives to the use of torture, NCHR contributed to the first training in Indonesia on investigative interviewing for military intelligence and military police in 2013. Since then the work has gradually been oriented towards the police. In 2014 both military and police personnel participated in the training. By 2015, most of the participants were representatives of the police. From 2016, investigative interviewing has been included in the continuing education programme for criminal investigation detectives. The methods have been put to use in different police departments, and a core group of skilled detectives is specialising in the application of the investigative interviewing methodology.
There is a keen interest in alternatives to traditional interrogation methods in China. In 2016, Renmin University organised a roundtable on investigative interviewing where Norwegian experts from NCHR interacted with Chinese professionals and academics involved in or interested in the police investigation process for the first time. In 2017, the NCHR was invited to the Yunnan province to train the police in investigative interviewing. Later that year, the NCHR visited the Peoples Public Security Police College in Beijing to give presentations at a symposium and to lecture on investigative interviewing to police cadets.