Training Course in Investigative Interviewing
Over the last two weeks the Vietnam Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Security in Vietnam, the Norwegian Police University College, and Oslo Police District has conducted training courses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Ivar Husby is one of three representatives from the Norwegian Police contributing to the training course in investigative interviewing in Viet Nam. Photo: Vietnam Programme/UiO.
Slowly moving in the right direction
This is the third consecutive year the delegation from Norway travels to Viet Nam. Based on the feedback from the participants and the warm welcome we received, one would say that this year’s training courses were a success. Although there are still many challenges, it appears that we are slowly moving in the right direction.
- I accept that it takes time. I accept the costs…. We should have respect for the fact that they as well have to go through an enormous transaction process. They may have an even greater journey mentally than we did, and then it is obvious that it takes time, says Ivar Husby, head of Investigation at Norwegian Police University College.
Establishment of an expert group
An expressed goal of the training courses is to work towards the establishment of an expert group within the Vietnamese investigation sector which can develop a new - or modify the existing training in interviewing people in a criminal investigation.
Through the establishment of an expert group, one increases the local ownership and connection to a possible transformation to investigative interviewing from interrogation. As investigative interviewing can be considered an operationalization of the presumption of innocence, this transformation would be a victory in securing human rights.
- Human rights are behind our entire fundament; a starting point, and a foundation stone in what KREATIV builds on, says Husby.
Steppingstone towards global minimum standards
Beyond securing human rights within Viet Nam, the cooperation can be a steppingstone towards developing global minimum standards. These minimum standards will facilitate international cooperation, securing the validity of statements across borders as well as securing fundamental human rights.
Today, due to different methods of criminal interviewing, information secured in one State may not be valid in another State due to the characteristics of the interview.
- If we could establish an international standard based on human rights and this is supported both from western European countries but also countries like Viet Nam and Indonesia, then we have created a fundament which can be brought to the UN, says Husby.
Reflecting on experiences from working at FATF within OECD, he points to the positive effect of having minimum standards; “a common international standard….which has to be in place, and which the member states are measured against…This contributes!”
Delegates from Viet Nam visit Norway in June
The work with the creation of an expert group and dialog on identifying minimum standards has started. This June, six delegates from Viet Nam will first visit Norway and then participate in an international conference on investigative interviewing in Lausanne, Switzerland. Here the delegation will be introduced to colleges from across the globe working on and with the method of investigative interviewing.