Autism spectrum disorder presents unique challenges for police officers seeking to obtain best evidence. In this article, we outline some of the characteristics of autism that require special consideration at interview (to best support autistic people), together with findings from a survey of almost 400 UK police officers regarding their experiences and perceptions of challenges they face when interviewing autistic people. We discuss current challenges, what strategies may be helpful and directions for future research and practice.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice (II-RP)|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jun 2018|
- autism spectrum disorder
- achieving best evidence
- criminal justice system
Maras, K., Mulcahy, S., Crane, L., Hawken, T., & Memon, A. (2018). Obtaining best evidence from the autistic interviewee: Police-reported challenges, legal requirements and psychological research-based recommendations. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice (II-RP), 9(1), 52-60.