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Police officers' perceptions of interviewing offenders on sex offender registries

Powell,M, Day,A, Benson,M, Vess,J and Graffam,J 2014, Police officers' perceptions of interviewing offenders on sex offender registries, International journal of police science & management, vol. 16, no. 4, Winter, pp. 255-266, doi: 10.1350/ijps.2014.16.4.344.

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Title Police officers' perceptions of interviewing offenders on sex offender registries
Author(s) Powell,MORCID iD for Powell,M orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Day,A
Benson,M
Vess,J
Graffam,J
Journal name International journal of police science & management
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 255
End page 266
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 1461-3557
1478-1603
Summary Police interviews with offenders form an important component of the sex offender registry monitoring process. This study provides an analysis of police professionals’ perceptions of the benefits and process of interviewing offenders on sex offender registries. Participants were a heterogeneous sample of 24 Australian police personnel whose roles were primarily associated with the operation of sex offender registries across three different jurisdictions. Participants’ perceptions of sex offender registry interviews were elicited using non-directive prompts in focus groups of between two and five officers. Transcripts of these focus groups were analysed andkey themes identified. Reported benefits related to the identification and correction of misunderstandings about registry requirements and elicitation of information to assist ongoing management and investigation of new offences. Further, establishing a sound relationship enabled proactive support of the offender in his/her attempt not to re-offend. Interview procedures emphasised the importance of genuine engagement and a relationship based on trust. The findings highlighted several challenges to interviewing and directions for further training, support and research. Participants’ responses underscore the significant role that interviews play in the effective implementation of sex offender registries and emphasise the need for successful engagement of offenders during these interviews to improve the utility of registry schemes. This was the first study to examine the strengths and challenges of interviewing offenders on the registry from a policing perspective.
Language eng
DOI 10.1350/ijps.2014.16.4.344
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP120100432
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070648

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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