Attending CPD events is always professionally rewarding, and this hands-on professional development workshop for police officers and interpreters is particularly pertinent in the current climate for the profession.
TACIT (Translation and Communication in Training) is a project of the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Constabularies that works on the language use in the specific context of police interviews and the consequences of mistakes, misunderstandings and communication barriers can have on the outcome by analysing authentic police interview transcripts.
This workshop covered many useful topics such as the importance of understanding police questioning styles, the different styles of communication used in police interviews, and how empathy and politeness are used as part of the rapport-building in interviews with suspects. Attendees were showed various examples of what is good practice and the day culminated with the presentation of the TACIT e-toolkit for police interviews.
It was a fantastic day highlighting the importance of accuracy in translation and interpreting in the criminal justice system and of working relationships of police officers and interpreters during evidence-gathering.