An integral part of policing is the interaction of police officers with those suspected of crime. A suspect can be defined as an individual who is under arrest and whom a police officer reasonably suspects has committed an offence. Considerable legislation and case law covers how police officers interact with suspects, from defining the precise grounds for arrest through to the way that a suspect should be treated after arrest, including their questioning and detention (see Box 1).1n order to highlight many of the issues concerned with police treatment of suspects, this chapter will explore policesuspect interviews. This topic has been chosen as this is frequently the starting point in a suspect's journey through the criminal justice system, and police behaviour during interviews has come under legal scrutiny in recent years. Indeed, the topic of suspect interviewing throws into sharp relief the impact of legislation upon police behaviour, the relationship of policing to human rights and how the judiciary interpret police behaviour.
|Title of host publication||Policing in practice|
|Editors||Philip Birch, Victoria Herrington|
|Place of Publication||South Yarra, Vic|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|