Telephone Interviewing Techniques

Telephone Interviewing Techniques

Telephone Interviewing Techniques Part One Certainly the ideal circumstance for an investigative interview is a face-to-face meeting with the subject. However, due to a variety of factors, it is becoming more and more frequent for investigators to conduct telephone interviews. Part One of this Investigator Tip will highlight some of the issues to consider and…

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Leaving The Room During an Interrogation

We see it all the time on television cop shows. The investigator is interrogating a suspect and the suspect offers a strong denial. The investigator gets out of his chair and says, “Fine, if you don’t want to get this clarified I’ll see you at trial.” The investigator just barely steps out of the room…

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Use of Deceptive Practices During Interrogation

The landmark US Supreme Court decision addressing deceptive practices during an interrogation is Frazier v. Cupp (1969). In Frazier, the Court upheld a confession from a homicide suspect who was falsely told that an accomplice had implicated the suspect in the crime. The Court ruled that deceptive practices should be evaluated based on the “totality…

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Addressing the Suspect’s Behavior

It is human nature to cite a person’s behavior as evidence to support some underlying premise. It is an enticing argument to state that because one exhibits an observable behavior it is proof of some consequent conclusion. Consider the following examples of reaching conclusions based on observed behavior: “If you were in proper shape you…

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