Interviewing & Interrogation for Law Enforcement, Second Edition, discusses interviewing skills and techniques for law enforcement officers. Interviewing solves more crimes than any other technique, scientific or otherwise. When convincing physical evidence or irrefutable witnesses are scarce, investigators have no other option but to try to obtain a confession from the criminals themselves. The book aims to dispel some of the mystery surrounding the interview process by sharing tried and tested methods and ideas. The book is divided into three parts. Part I discusses the interview process, focusing on the structure of an interview, how the interviewers demeanor contributes to success, and other essential skills such as listening, note-taking, and advisement of rights. Part II explains how investigators can recognize deceit through verbal and nonverbal clues, and through the analysis of a suspects statement. Part III deals with interrogation techniques, covering the structure of an interrogation and keys to successful interrogation, along with a case study of an interrogation.

Key Features

  • The author has years of experience as an FBI academy instructor.
  • Practical tips and examples throughout.


Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prologue Part I Interviewing     Chapter 1 Structure of an Interview (The steps of an interview from preparation to completion)     Chapter 2 Demeanor (How actions contribute to success)     Chapter 3 Essentials (Listening, note-taking, advice of rights) Part II Detecting Deception     Chapter 4 Verbal Clues (Hearing and recognizing lies)     Chapter 5 Nonverbal Clues (A simplified method of reading body language for deception)     Chapter 6 Statement Analysis  (How language usage can reveal lies) Part III Interrogation     Chapter 7 Structure of an Interrogation (A systematic approach to the basic phases of interrogation)     Chapter 8 Keys to Success (Persuasion, setting, flexibility, props)     Chapter 9 Case Study (Example and analysis of an interrogation) Final Thoughts Index


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