Professor Dave Walsh

Job: Professor in Criminal Investigation

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8047

E: dave.walsh@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Dave joined the Law School at DMU in 2018, He specializes in the teaching and research pertaining to criminal investigation and the policing of modern slavery.

Dave’s research focuses on the investigative interviewing of victims (including children), witnesses and suspects, as well as decision making of investigators.

His current interest in this area also includes those interviews where interpreters are present, where he presently sits on a national operational working group that is assembling guidance for police officers in those particular interviews.

He is also working with the police nationally and locally along with policy makers in the area of modern slavery.

He has published extensively these areas. He was a founding member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research group (see www.iiirg.org). 

Research group affiliations

International Investigative Interviewing Research Group

Publications and outputs 

Shawyer, A. and Walsh, D. (2007). Fraud and PEACE: Investigative Interviewing and Fraud Investigation Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 9, 102-117.

Walsh, D. and Milne, R. (2007) Giving PEACE a Chance. Public Administration .Vol 85 No2 525-540.

Walsh, D. and Milne, R. (2008) Keeping the PEACE? A study of investigative interviewing practices in the public sector. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 13 39-57.

Walsh, D. and Oxburgh, G. (2008) Investigative interviewing of suspects: Historical and contemporary developments in research. British Psychological Society: Forensic Update. 92 Winter 2007/2008 41-45.

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010a). Interviewing suspects of fraud: An analysis of interviewing skills. Journal of Psychiatry and Law, 38, 99-135

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010b). The interviewing of suspects by non-police agencies: What's effective? What is effective! Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15, 305-321

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2010c). Know your rights? A study comparing fraud investigators approaches to informing suspects of their rights and ensuring they are understood and observed. Cambrian Law Review, 41, 24-39.

Oxburgh, G.E., Walsh, D., and Milne, R. (2011a). The importance of applied research in investigative interviewing: A real-life perspective. Editorial to the special edition of the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8, 105-109.

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2011b). Benefit fraud investigative interviewing: A self-report study of investigation professionals’ beliefs concerning practice. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8, 131-148.

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2011c). Still giving PEACE a Chance? An examination of the beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of benefit fraud investigation professionals Social Psychology Review, 13, 1-15

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2012a) How do interviewers attempt to overcome suspects’ denials? Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 19, 151-168.

Walsh, D. and Bull, R. (2012b). Examining rapport in investigative interviews with suspects: Does its building and maintenance work? Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 27, 73-84.

Walsh, D, King, M, and Neville, A. (2012c) Formulating future collaborative research agendas for criminal investigation. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.

Walsh, D (2013) Supervisory and self-evaluation of investigative interviewing performance, Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, 5, 113

Walsh, D and Bull, R. (2015). The association between evidence disclosure, questioning strategies, interview skills, and interview outcomes, Psychology, Crime and Law.21, 661-680.

Walsh, D., Milne, R., and Bull, R. (2016) One way or another? Investigators’ beliefs concerning evidence disclosure in interviews with suspects in England and Wales. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31, 127-140

Dando, C., Walsh, D., & Brierley, R., (2016). The psychology of coercion in human trafficking. Public Library of Science 1, 11, 1-13

Areh, I., Walsh, D., and Bull, R. (2017). Police interrogation in Slovenia. Psychology, Crime and Law, 22, 405-419

Minhas, R., Walsh, D., and Bull, R. (2017). The development of the IIPSS scale, measuring prejudice in interviews. Police Practice and Research, 18, 132-145

Walsh, D., King, M. & Griffiths, A. (2017). An examination of the self-evaluation of performance in investigative interviews. Psychology, Crime and Law, 23, 647-665

Pajon Moreno, L., & Walsh, D. (in press). Gender differences in eyewitness testimony in cases violent and non-violent criminal incidents. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Childs, C. and Walsh, D. (in press). Rapport strategies in interviews with children. Journal of Pragmatics

Walsh, D., & Dando, C. (in press). Decision making by investigators: Does experience matter? Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling

Kim, J., Walsh, D. Bull, R. and Bergstrom, H. (in press) Planning ahead? Factors influencing investigators’ attitudes towards planning for interviews with suspects. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology DOI: 10.1007/s11896-017-9243-z

Cayli, B., Hodgson, P., & Walsh, D. (in press). The rule of law and social unrest: Exploring police violence in social protests and riots. British Journal of Sociology

Minhas, R. & Walsh, D., & Bull, R. (in press) Muslim suspects, their lawyers, and the police: Differing perspectives of interviews? Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Griffiths, A and Walsh, D. (in press). Investigators’ reflective portfolios: A reflection of their actual investigation skills? Psychology, Crime and Law.

Walsh, D & Bull, R (2013) The investigation and investigative interviewing of benefit fraud suspects in the UK: Historical and contemporary perspectives. In B.S. Cooper, D. Griesel, & M. Ternes (eds.) Applied issues in investigative interviewing. Eyewitness memory and credibility assessment (pp 33-58). New York: Springer.

Brooks, G., Walsh, D. & Lewis, C. (2013). Preventing corruption: Investigation, enforcement and governance. Palgrave Macmillan

Walsh, D. and van der Steen, K (2014) Strategic and tactical disclosing of evidence in interviews with suspects: Implications for the Belgian police. In R.Schellingen, R. and N. Scholton (eds) Investigative interviewing in Belgium (pp. 183-198). Belgium: Kluwer

Walsh, D., O’Callaghan, S. and Milne, R. (2016). Police interrogation in the USA. In D. Farrington, & A. Kapardis (Eds.) The psychology of crime, policing and the courts (pp. 119-135). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Walsh, D. Oxburgh, G., Redlich, A., and Myklebust, T. (editors) (2015) International developments in investigative interviewing and interrogations, Volumes I (Witnesses and Victims) & II (Suspects). London: Routledge

Research interests/expertise

Investigative interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects

Areas of teaching

Criminal Investigation

Modern Slavery

Qualifications

PhD, MSc, MBA, FHEA

Projects

Modern Slavery

Interpreter assisted interviews

Conference attendance

Investigative Interviewing in non-police agencies: 2nd International Investigative Interviewing Conference: University of Portsmouth. 3-7th July 2006

Interviewing benefit fraud suspects: European Investigative Interviewing Conference: University of Teesside 2nd-3rd April 2007

What’s effective in fraud interviews with suspects? British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology, University of York. 23rd- 25th July 2007

Interviewing suspects: What’s effective? What is effective! Poster presented at the 3rd International Investigative Interviewing Conference, Quebec. 16-18th June 2008.

Experiencing Investigative Interviews: Attitudes, Perceptions, Reality. 18th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Maastricht University, 2-5 July 2008

Power talks in interviews with suspects. 2nd Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, University of Teesside, 14-16th April 2009

Eliciting true confessions 19th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Sorrento, 2nd-5th September 2009.

Does collaboration affect the construction of eyewitness remembering. 19th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Sorrento, 2nd-5th September 2009.

Examining the effects of tactics, attitudes, weight of evidence, and skills in interviews with suspects. 20th Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Gothenburg 15th -18th June. 2010

Tactics and confessions 3rd Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Stavern, Norway 21st -24th June, 2010.

Exploring rapport in interviews with benefit fraud suspects: Building and maintenance works! 4th International Investigative Interviewing Conference. Brussels 29th -1st July 2010.

Is there an association between rapport building and maintenance and the interview outcome? 4th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Dundee, 1st -3rd June 2011.

Interrogating suspects in the United States: Introducing a field study. 21st Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nicosia, 13-16th April 2012.

Questioning and evidence disclosure; The QED of investigative interviewing? 5th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Toronto 28-31st May 2012

One way or another: Beliefs of investigators concerning evidence disclosure in interviews. 6th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, July 2013

Evidence disclosure strategies in interviews with suspects. American Psychology and Law Society Conference, New Orleans, March 2014

Case complexity determines the hypothesis testing strategy used by experienced investigators American Psychology and Law Society Conference, New Orleans, March 2014

Getting better all the time? 7th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. Lausanne, Switzerland

Rapport building with children who allege sexual abuse: 7th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, Lausanne, Switzerland. 2014

Interviewing children: Overcoming barriers to revelation with empathy and rapport. American Psychology and Law Society Conference, San Diego, March 2015.

Information loss between criminal event and witness statement. 9th Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. London: June 2016.

Examining interviews with suspected sex offenders. 26th Conference of European Association of Psychology and Law Mechelen; 2017

Current research students

Emerald Woodward (1st Supervisor)

Rashid Minhas (1st Supervisor)

ORCID number

0000-0003-4950-6830

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