Dear Independent Police Complaints Commission,
I would like to know whether it is within a police offers jurisdiction to speak with a witness in a non professional capacity about a sexual abuse case, without it being recorded and without other officers being present?
I would further like to know whether interviewing officers are trained on how to conduct themselves with regards to body language when interviewing a potential rape victim.
I would also like to know whether retractions are considered valid where two potential rape victims retracted testimony is not corroborative, whereas their original testimony was.
I would lastly like to know whether it is lawful for an officer to explicitly and knowingly lead a witness into reasoning that they themselves have not brought up first of all.
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