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Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) safeguards you, your career and the public.

Developed and presented by subject expert, Professor Jemina Napier, for Communication Professionals this activity will develop your competence and performance whilst contributing towards your CPD portfolio (1 CPD point). 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain legal interpreting provision across the European Union and in the UK
  • Outline the obligations on police forces under EU Directives and define protocols that should be in place when sign language users are interviewed
  • Identify the purpose and structure of police interviews
  • Discuss the differences between legal language generally and the language of police interviews
  • Summarise the challenges of, and strategies for, interpreting for police interviews


Prof Jemina Napier, PhD

Jemina Napier is a professor and chair of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jemina Napier is an interpreter researcher, educator and practitioner and has practised as a signed language interpreter since 1988. She grew up in the British Deaf community, and works between English and British Sign Language (BSL), Australian Sign Language (Auslan) or International Sign. After completing an MA in BSL/ English Interpreting at Durham University, Jemina moved to Australia to undertake her PhD studies in 1998.

Jemina returned to the UK in February 2013 to take up the new position of Professor and Chair of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies.

Jemina's research interests and expertise focus around three strands of intercultural communication:

  • language and communication in the context of interpreter-mediated communication – primarily with signed language interpreters and the Deaf community.
  • how deaf adults actually use signed language to communicate in their lives in terms of bilingualism, language contact and identity; and
  • translation and interpreting pedagogy, using action research to explore aspects of distance education, blended learning, curriculum innovation and discourse-based teaching practices.

Jemina has taught, researched and published in all of these areas.

CPD Accredited

Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews is CPD Accredited by the CPD Certification Service.


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