Ethical police interviews with Islamist terror suspects

the significance of suspect behavioural, cultural and identity characteristics

Karl Roberts

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

Arguably, on eof th emost difficult challenges facing law enforcement officers today is carrying out interviews with Islamist terror suspects. These interviews are often carried out in a context of fear, anger and distress and there is often significant political pressure upon law enforcement to get results. Some law enforcement officers may be motivated to obtain information from terrorist suspects by any means possible, with a risk that approaches to interviewing involving threats and aggression may be regarded as acceptable and even, in certain circumstances, desirable. This chapter will coonsider some of the issues interviews with Islamist terror suspects present for law enforcement and will consider how interviewers might balance their legitimate need to obtain informtion with an ethical interviewing approach informed by psychological theory and extant knowledge of Islamist Extremism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary analysis of terrorism and aggression
EditorsDaniel Antonius, Adam D. Brown, Tali K. Walters, J. Martin Ramirez, Samuel Justin Sinclair
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages182-202
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781443816403
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • police interviewing
  • ethical interviewing
  • terror suspects

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    Roberts, K. (2010). Ethical police interviews with Islamist terror suspects: the significance of suspect behavioural, cultural and identity characteristics. In D. Antonius, A. D. Brown, T. K. Walters, J. M. Ramirez, & S. J. Sinclair (Eds.), Interdisciplinary analysis of terrorism and aggression (pp. 182-202). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.