Interviews & Interrogations
Quality & Excellence In Criminal Justice Training
Interviews & Interrogations

This course on Interviews and
Interrogations is designed for street
officers or investigators interested in
improving their interview and
interrogation skills and to train students
on what really works in the field.  It will
demonstrate techniques to improve the
quality and quantity of information
gathered during routine interviews, as
well as increase the number of
confessions during interrogations. The
techniques that are taught in this course
have been tried,  tested and proven to
work in real life situations.  The course
is accompanied by the text "Interview To
Confession, The Gentle Art Of
Interrogation." by John C. Bowden
Interviews & Interrogations

Learn the differences between
interviews and interrogations and how to
get the best information.


Witness Assessment

Learn the different types of witnesses
and the proper approach to gain the
most information.


Preparation

Steps to be better prepared to conduct
effective interviews and successful
interrogations.  How the color
environment effects your interviews,
what is the best way to set up your
interview room for conducting an
interrogation.  What can you do to be
better prepared to conduct your
interviews and  interrogations in the
interview room and on the street


Court Decisions and Miranda

Study the court decisions relevant to
Miranda and how to avoid the problems
that occur when legal procedures are
not followed.


Principles Of Communications

Learn how body language is used in
everyday communications and how to
read non-verbal gestures.  See and
discuss examples of body language in
everyday life. Learn the elements of
establishing better rapport with
subjects.  Know when a rapport has
been established.  Learn techniques
that lead to getting more information
from interviews, confessions and
interrogations. Learn techniques to
overcome the pitfalls of poor listening
and how to become a better listener.


Visual Cues

Learn how the eyes act like cursors in
the storage and recall of information.  
Learn how to apply that knowledge to
determine if a person is recalling or
constructing information. Participate in
practical exercises that apply the use of
visual cues.  A valuable tool to quickly
reveal if an interview subject is making
up information.


Cognitive Interview

Memory enhancement techniques used
to help the interviewee to recall more
information than is ordinarily possible by
conventional means, as effective as
hypnotism and legally admissible.
Identifying The Suspect

Learn how to conduct a suspect
identification interview that will help
determine a person's involvement in an
offense.  A technique that will quickly
help to identify the guilty party and
speed up the process that leads to the
interrogation.


Meaningful Behavior

Learn how to read and interpret kinesic
behavior in conjunction with the interview
and interrogation, enabling the
investigator to determine the best
strategy to obtain the confession.
Review the types of behavior that are
meaningful to the interview and
interrogation by studying pictures and
videos of behavior and discuss the
relationship of the behavior to the
interview.


Coordinated Behavior Response

The “Coordinated Behavioral Response”
is the recognition of the subject’s
behavior and then responding in a
fashion designed to move the
investigation to its resolution, a
confession.  The response is one that is
correct for the behavior that is
observed.  The investigator is always
working to move the subject to the
confession.  However, the investigator
must respond correctly to the subject’s
behavior.


Interrogation Strategy

Learn to develop an interview strategy
leading to a confession from the subject.


The Dual Option Question

Learn how and when to ask the dual
option question to get the first
admission, the first step towards a
confession.


The Admission

Learn to recognize the most subtle
verbal and non-verbal admissions,
reward it and turn it into a full confession.


Confessions

Learn the critical elements of obtaining a
full confession from a subject that has
been interrogated


Interrogation Exercises

Put into practice the interrogation
techniques you have learned by
watching real interrogations in the class
room and identifying critical elements of
the interrogation.  Receive feedback on
you skills and pointers on how to
improve your technique.

This Course Is
Available In
Lengths Of
24 Hours
40 Hours

All Training
Materials Are
Included
The Course

The presentation of this course is by lecture accompanied by videos,  and numerous
handouts. The course is supported by practical application exercises that allow the
students to practice the skills and techniques taught during the course.  The course
meets  standards for students to receive career development training credit.   This
course was written by John Bowden based on his 20 years of research and experience
in interviews and interrogations. It was developed to train students on what really works
in the field.  It has been presented to line officers, police investigators from across the
United States and from around the world.  Students that have taken this course have
reported excellent results using these techniques.  They say it has made a significant
improvement in their interview and interrogation skills and has resulted in more
confessions.  


Course Overview
24 and 40 courses are available

The presentation of the course is by lecture accompanied by videos, and
numerous handouts.  The course is supported by practical application
exercises that allow the students to practice the skills and techniques taught
during the course.  The course meets standards for students to receive career
development training credit.   It was developed to train students on what really
works in the field.  It has been presented to line officers, police investigators
from across the United States and from around the world.  Students that have
taken this course have reported excellent results using these techniques.  They
say it has made a significant improvement in their interview and interrogation
skills and has resulted in more confessions.  

This course presents methods to establish a rapport and overcome resistance
of the subjects contacted.  It will present techniques that will create within a
subject, a desire to confide to the investigator, their side of the story.  The
techniques will include rapport building methods to gain a subject’s
cooperation.  It will present how to obtain as much as 63% more information
than is produced by the standard police interview. It will describe how to identify
deception in the subjects you interview.  It includes interrogation methods that
will produce a desire in the suspect to confide in the investigator their story of
what has occurred.  It will describe the signs that indicate when a rapport has
been established with a subject and when the subject is ready to confess.  It
includes the presentation methods used to bring the subject to the first
admission.  It identifies how to recognize a subject’s first admission, no matter
how subtle.  It will describe the actions to take when the first admission occurs,
guiding the subject to a full confession.  Throughout the course, research and
sources are presented to assist and encourage the student to continue their
studies of interview and interrogation techniques.  

This course presents a new approach in learning the dynamics of interviews
and interrogations. The investigator should recognize there is not one ordered
process to be followed in the interview and interrogation process; instead there
are a myriad of potential possibilities that might occur. The investigator must be
prepared to respond appropriately to the behavior that is presented by the
subject.  The investigator does not try to force an “enumerated process”
currently taught in many courses; but instead, responds with a “Coordinated
Behavioral Response.”  The “Coordinated Behavioral Response” is the
recognition of the subject’s behavior and then responding in a fashion designed
to move the investigation to its resolution, a confession.  The response is one
that is correct for the behavior that is observed.  The investigator is always
working to move the subject to the confession.  However, the investigator must
respond correctly to the subject’s behavior.  

Course Overview

A Professional
Certificate Is
Issued With
Each Course
based on his 30 years of research and experience in interviews and interrogations with
Michael E. Lane and his 35 years of experience in law enforcement and as a civil and
criminal polygrapher.
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