If regular citizens collaborate with the police, they can help to fight crime. However, it is unclear what motivates people to do so. PhD candidate Wendy Schreurs aimed to uncover these reasons in her research. She even used her grandmother in one of her experiments. Schreurs is presenting her findings during her PhD defense today.
Simon Oleszkiewicz’s interest in psychology was sparked about thirteen years ago when he worked as a caretaker in a mental hospital for convicted criminals. Surrounded by murderers and child molesters, he decided to delve deeper into the human psyche. Now the Assistant Professor at the University of Twente researches effective interview techniques for intelligence gathering. He uncovers the principles behind ‘master interrogation’, developing training for the police and military.
A device that would allow the police to screen for DNA samples directly at crime scenes – that was the focus of Brigitte Bruijns’ doctoral research. Although she didn’t create a prototype of the device – due to lack of time and funding -, she is confident it is possible. The forensic scientist is defending her PhD thesis at the UT on Friday.
The police Twente uses social media to appeal to the public: be on the alert for a man bothering women between Hengelo and Enschede. 'It is not specifically about the campus,' says Jorien Stevelink of police district North. ‘But stay alert and report immediately if you are a victim.’
To interrogate or negotiate with a suspect can be highly challenging – and sometimes mistakes are made. What should law enforcement officers do if they make an error? Nobody really knew, not until PhD candidate Miriam Oostinga conducted her research at the UT’s Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety Department.
This year’s CTIT symposium carried the theme ‘Smart Societies: Safety, Security & Privacy’ and it welcomed Elle de Jonge, Chief-Inspector from the Dutch national police. He spoke about the need of participation between the police and the public.