Interviews and Interrogations

Interviews and Interrogations

Butterworth's Library of Investigation

1st Edition - September 1, 1983

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  • Author: Art Buckwalter
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483163659

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Interviews and Interrogations presents the fundamental methods, strategies, and techniques in the art and science of investigation. The text delves on the fundamental legal and professional principles in the practice of investigation. The techniques reviewed cover both civil and criminal investigations. The book also considers the different ways to obtain relevant, evidential facts to be presented to the client or before a court of law or other tribunal. Lawyers, private and public investigators, and students of law will find this book as a good source of knowledge that can be applied to their search for the truth.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1. How to Excel in the Fine Art of Interviewing


    Interviewing versus Interrogation

    All Interviews Are Unique

    The Pattern of the Interview

    Pre-interview Perspectives

    Personal Preparation for the Interview

    Qualifications of the Interviewer

    Fourteen Guidelines for Successful Interviewing

    2. The Art of Communication

    Effective Communication Calls for Conversational Ability

    Avoid the Negatives that Destroy Effective Conversation

    Understand the Unspoken Language of the Interviewee

    The Art of Asking Questions

    The Art of Listening

    Alternating Speech and Pause in Communication

    3. How to Take Notes and Use Interpreters

    Guidelines for Taking Notes

    How to Use Interpreters

    4. How to Conduct the Interview

    Eight Steps of the Investigative Interview

    Five Goals of the Investigative Interview

    How to Control the Interview

    5. Interview Problems and Evaluations

    How to Recognize and Deal with Withheld Information

    How to Deal with Information That is Too General

    Criteria for Evaluating Interview Information

    6. Guidelines for Taking Written Statements

    Why Written Statements?

    Reducing Oral Statements to Writing

    How to Take Written Statements

    The Format of the Statement

    The Importance of the Subject's Signature

    Having More than One Investigator Present

    Twelve Technical Procedures for Taking Written Statements

    Preservation and Custody of Original Statements

    Supplemental Statements

    Statements, Admissions, and Confessions

    Summary of the Principles and Procedures for Writing a Statement

    7. How to Take Written Admissions and Confessions

    Taking Written Admissions and Confessions

    Confession Statements

    Some Key Questions on the Admissibility of Confessions

    8. Electronically Recorded Statements

    Advantages and Problems of Electronic Recordings

    Principles and Procedures for Tape-Recorded Statements

    Recording Interrogations and Confessions

    9. The Problems of Interrogation

    The Difference between Interviewing and Interrogating

    The Problem of Concealed Information

    To Interrogate is to Examine Closely

    The Qualities of the Interrogator

    Guidelines for Interrogators

    Preparing for the Interrogation

    Differences between Interviews and Interrogations

    10. How to Interrogate Suspects and Reluctant Witnesses

    Interrogators Encounter Many Types of Suspects

    The Interrogation Approach

    Yost-Miranda Interrogations

    Interrogation Techniques for Securing Confessions

    The Advantage of an Early Acknowledgment of Guilt

    Interrogating Unwilling Witnesses

    A Private-Investigation Approach to Interrogation

    Appendix: Sample Introductory and Closing Paragraphs for Written and Recorded Statements, Admissions, and Confessions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1983
  • Published: September 1, 1983
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483163659

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