The PEACE Model of Investigation Interviews

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The PEACE Model of investigative interviewing was developed in the early 90s as a collaborative effort between law enforcement and psychologists in England and Wales. This model takes a conversational, non-confrontational approach to getting information from an investigation interview subject. It was designed to reduce the number of false confessions that were being recorded due to overly aggressive interviewing tactics.

Today, the PEACE Model is being used successfully throughout the UK and other countries, and is gaining popularity in North America for its ethical approach to information gathering.


This Cheat Sheet provides an overview of the five steps of an investigation interview using the PEACE Method:
  • preparation and planning
  • engage and explain
  • account
  • closure
  • evaluation

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