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The impact of rapport on intelligence yield: police source handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources

Nunan, J, Stanier, I, Milne, R, Shawyer, A, Walsh, D and May, B (2020) The impact of rapport on intelligence yield: police source handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. ISSN 1321-8719

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Abstract

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) provide unique access to criminals and organised crime groups, and their collection of intelligence is vital to understanding England and Wales’ threat picture. Rapport is essential to the establishment and maintenance of effective professional relationships between source handlers and their CHIS. Thus, rapport-based interviewing is a fundamental factor to maximising intelligence yield. The present research gained unprecedented access to 105 real-life audio recorded telephone interactions between England and Wales police source handlers and CHIS. This research quantified both the rapport component behaviours (e.g., attention, positivity, and coordination) displayed by the source handler and the intelligence yielded from the CHIS, in order to investigate the frequencies of these rapport components and their relationship to intelligence yield. Overall rapport, attention and coordination significantly correlated with intelligence yield, while positivity did not. Attention was the most frequently used component of rapport, followed by positivity, and then coordination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences, 1801 Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7231 Criminal Justice Administrations
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 13:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 13:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1784807
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14221

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