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Korean Government Overseas Fellowship for ICJS Centre of Forensic Interviewing

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A Korean police instructor at the Korean National Police University secured a prestigious government Overseas Fellowship to attend ICJS. Myeonki (MK) Kim is a Lecturer (and Senior Inspector) at the Korean National Police University that has a long-standing relationship with the ICJS. Kim teaches various criminal investigation subjects to the students at KNPU and was selected for the Korean Government Overseas Fellowship, which is awarded to a small number of applicants each year. The fellowship is designed for promising government officials, intending to help South Korea continuing development through overseas study. 

The Fellowship has enabled KNPU officers to commission cutting-edge bespoke training on police interviewing from the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, at ICJS, headed by Prof. Becky Milne. Three police officer lecturers attended the University in August 2018. The course, facilitated by Nigel Lee, a recently retired police officer with many years’ experience of interviewing vulnerable victims (and an MSc graduate of ICJS), focussed on how to interview vulnerable witnesses including children, to attain reliable information using evidence-based techniques. Training has consisted of theoretical sessions and hands on practicals in the Centre’s police interview simulation suite.

The Centre of Forensic Interviewing (COFI) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for investigative interviewing that since 2010 has brought together research, teaching and innovation. Training is available for all types of investigator, from sessions for those learning the basics to advanced interview skills and masterclasses. There have been regular staff exchanges between ICJS and KNPU, and for the last three years, a Student Exchange Agreement has been in place providing opportunities for University of Portsmouth students at ICJS to attend the KNPU for a full year as part of their undergraduate studies, mixing with other exchange students from the USA, Turkey, China and Germany.