Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques

By

  • William Fleisher, Director of Keystone Intelligence Network, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Nathan Gordon, Director of The Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques believably answers the question, How do you know when someone is lying? It also provides a guide for interviewing probable suspects and interrogating likely perpetrators on techniques and tradecraft. This book covers topics about searching for truth and revealing lies. It presents forensic assessments based on psychophysiology, and assessments on the basis of non-verbal behavior. The book also covers interview and interrogation preparation, as well as question formulation. It discusses the Morgan Interview Theme Technique or MITT, and the Forensic Assessment Interview or FAINT. The book addresses techniques for interviewing children and the mentally challenged, and offers information about pre-employment interviews. It also explains how to understand aggressive behavior and how to deal with angry people. The book concludes by presenting future methods for searching for the truth. Law enforcement and security professionals, as well as prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and civil litigators will find this book invaluable.
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Audience

Forensic practitioners, law enforcement, intelligence community and private security sector, attorneys, coroners, human resource professionals, jurists, psychological professionals, and forensic and criminal justice students.

 

Book information

  • Published: August 2010
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-381986-4

Reviews

Praise for the second edition: "The authors have described a very generalizable and useful interviewing technique that is easy to learn, simple to use, and can significantly improve the ability to discern truth from deception in a manner that is both interesting and engaging."--J Police Crim Psych (2008) 23:45-47

"The authors show how applying the techniques identified in the book can achieve desired investigative results.  The new edition is also timely in that the authors address purported methods or torture, such as waterboarding, in our post-9-11 society.  The text remains a valuable reference for those who practice the art and science of investigations, and for readers or prior editions, this updated version’s new content merits a second looks."--Security Management




Table of Contents


Foreword

Preface

About the Authors

Acknowledgments

1. The Search for Truth

2. Truth and Lies

3. Psychophysiological Basis of the Forensic Assessment

4. Preparation for the Interview/Interrogation

5. Morgan Interview Theme Technique (MITT)

6. Forensic Statement Analysis

7. Question Formulation: Irrelevant, Relevant, and Comparison Questions

8. Projective Analysis of Unwitting Verbal Cues

9. Nonverbal Behavioral Assessment

10. Traditional Scoring of the FAINT Interview

11. The Validation of the Forensic Assessment Interview (FAINT)

12. Interviewing Children and the Mentally Challenged

13. Report Writing

14. Torture and False Confessions: The Ethics of a Post-9/11 World

15. Pre-employment Interviewing

16. Passenger Screening with Verbal and Nonverbal Cues

17. Legal Considerations

18. The Integrated Interrogation Technique

19. Statements, Recordings, and Videos

20. Understanding Aggressive Behavior and Dealing with Angry People

21. The Instrumental Detection of Deception: Polygraph

22. The Search for Truth: Future Instrumentation

Index