Director’s Address: Six Psychological Factors to Consider before Conducting a Post-Incident Officer Interview
Dr. William Lewinski, will provide a synthesis of all conference presentations, review the impact of the Institute over the past year, and share the vision and mission of the Institute moving forward. Then, Dr. Lewinski will emphasize six psychological factors to consider before conducting a post-incident interview. Ongoing debate about current policies and practices involving when to interview may not consider all of the current scientific evidence. The conditions under which the best quality and quantity of information can be evoked should be at the core of the decision of when to interview. The post-incident interview, which may be the most important conversation of the officer’s career, is not only a consideration of memory, but how physical exertion, exhaustion, emotional arousal, physiological arousal, environmental factors, and attentional limitations can all impact an officer’s perception at time of the incident and how it is recalled during the interview.