Learn John E. Reid Interrogation Techniques in Your Police Interviews and Uncover the Truth
iRecord partners with John Reid Interrogation and Interview Techniques™, the most-used interrogation technique in the country. The Reid Technique relies on a careful analysis of the facts of a case, as well as a behavioral analysis interview with the suspect, before concluding whether an interrogation is merited. During interrogation, the Reid Technique draws a distinction between getting a confession and getting the truth. It’s widely recognized as the most effective means available to exonerate the innocent and identify the guilty.
Trained Reid interrogators tailor their questioning to a suspect’s natural instincts. Someone suspected of a crime is unlikely to simply admit guilt, for a variety of reasons. They may want to avoid the consequences of their actions– they may also want to insist that they’re not a bad person. The goal of the Reid Technique is to make it easier for suspects to tell the truth by becoming a partner in their natural tendency to rationalize their behavior or blame someone else. Throughout the interrogation, both nonverbal and verbal communication are carefully observed.
iRecord’s interview room recording equipment uses a two-camera system perfectly designed to work with the Reid interview technique. They capture every nuance of witness behavior, while also providing complete transparency during the interview process. By documenting a lack of coercion and intimidation, iRecord technology ensures that the Reid technique is being properly applied, and that a confession will hold up in court.
iRecord systems are also ideal training aids. Use them to evaluate interrogator performance in a variety of ways:
Repeated rewatchings have been shown to reveal new insights, and video is a proven way to reduce defensiveness when discussing an employee’s performance. In fact, when video documentation is used, officers can be their own toughest critics. They’re often better able to pinpoint their own missteps than their supervisors are, because they know exactly what their decision-making process was at the time.
To get the most out of Reid Technique interrogations at your agency, use our digital interview recording equipment to document your interrogations.