A seminar from the Department of Languages and Linguistics, with Simon Smith, introducing interpreting for police and criminal investigations
Join us for an insightful seminar with Simon Smith, a serving Police Detective who will discuss his career in interpreting for police and criminal investigations.
Simon is a serving Police Detective with over 23 years’ experience investigating major, serious and complex crime. He has been deployed in a variety of roles, and in particular has highly developed skills as a police interviewer and holds the highest level of professional qualification in this field. He has also spent ten years educating police detectives to investigate all levels of criminality. Simon holds a first-class degree from Sunderland University Faculty of Law and won an award for his research into eyewitness memory and the cognitive interview.
Simon is also Managing Director of Zakon Training which he established in 2015. Owing to the shortage of quality, practical education for police interpreters, Zakon began to run workshops in this area and he has since seen over 1000 interpreters at a variety of events including his own workshops, bespoke events, professional conferences and university inputs. Zakon has quickly established a national reputation for providing practical training to a multitude of agencies and professionals, with lessons from the real world, but supported and underpinned by relevant law and policy.