Child Suspect Interviews (3520_16)
1. Please provide or describe any policies, procedures, guidelines or standard operational practices which dictate or otherwise influence the decision as to which officers or investigative staff interview child suspects.
(An `interview’ is defined in paragraph 11.1A of Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984: `An interview is the questioning of a person regarding their involvement or suspected involvement in a criminal offence or offences which, under paragraph 10.1, must be carried out under caution. A `child’ is a person aged between 10-17 years old. A `suspect¿ is a person who is interviewed under paragraph 11.1A).
2. Is it mandatory for a person interviewing a child suspect to have a minimum level of training? What is that level e.g. Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 or other?
3. What proportion of interviews of child suspects are conducted by officers with Tier 1 training within the last 12 months or other recent timeframe?
4. What proportion of interviews of child suspects are conducted by officers with Tier 2 training within the last 12 months or other recent timeframe?
5. What proportion of interviews of child suspects are conducted by officers with Tier 3 training within the last 12 months or other recent timeframe?
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. For questions 3, 4 and 5 this information is not recorded in a searchable format.
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