Skills for Security introduces all-new Investigative Interviewing course for practising professionals

InvestigativeInterview2Internal investigations are a fact of business life. Be it from stock loss via shrinkage, missing company assets or a staff dishonesty or disciplinary issue, the ethical collection and review of information is essential.

For many organisations, this key aspect is often shrouded in mystery and can fill the investigator with fear and trepidation.

Confusion might exist over what questions can be asked. How far can the investigator probe? What are the differences between civil and potential criminal investigations?

These issues and more are skilfully addressed on Skills for Security’s new two-day Workshop programme which engages with all of the key aspects from dealing with witnesses, note taking, planning and dealing with representatives through to forming relevant questions, conducting an interview and efficient and effective decision-making.

The Investigative Interviewing programme is positioned at Level 4 and accredited by a UK university (namely The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth), in turn providing a gateway towards undergraduate learning.

By the end of the two-day Workshop, delegates will be able to:

*Identify the most appropriate questions in any given situation

*Demonstrate the necessary skills required to plan an interview

*Acknowledge the needs of all individuals involved in the process

*Conduct an interview

*Effectively deal with all outcomes (including liars and those that say little or nothing at all)

*Evaluate the outcome of an interview

*Make legally certain decisions

*Better protect the host business

If you’re interested in a two-day Workshop at Skills for Security’s headquarters or your own place of work, send an e-mail to: or telephone 01905 744 000

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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