Are we where we should be? Assessing investigative interviewing practices and training of officers in the Force Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force
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In the criminal justice system, investigative interviewing is crucial for getting information that helps law enforcement agencies resolve cases. While there is a relative wealth of scholarly studies on investigative interviewing procedures in the West, there is a paucity of empirical research assessing this concept in Nigeria and Africa. To begin to fill this gap in literature, a paper and pen questionnaire was administered to Police Investigators (N = 64) in the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force assessing their investigative interviewing practices and training. Results showed that some police officers had received some training, but only a few had been specifically trained on evidence-based investigative interviewing techniques. Most police officers reported not favouring coercive techniques in their practices. Implications of this study on investigative interviewing practices in Nigeria will be discussed.