Interrogation techniques need to vary with the type of suspect you are working with and the type of crime that has been committed. Learn a few of the specific approaches that investigators use when they approach the interrogation. While you’re thinking about, consider whether or not your current solution for electronically recording interviews is working as you would like, but most importantly, as you need.
An article published on ehow Effective Interviewing Interrogation Techniqueshighlights the following techniques when it comes to approaching interrogations:
- Initial Rapport Building: build control from the start in the interview. Let the suspect know the rules, who is in charge and build confidence between you and the suspect. Share possible outcomes of the meeting should specific information be uncovered.
- Open Discussion: suspect should explain in his or her own words what happened and give his or her official statement.
- General Questions: after hearing the statement from the suspect ask general questions that close any obvious gaps in time, story, etc.
- Focused Questions: tie up loose ends that may not have been addressed in earlier discussion.
- Extracting More Information: address discrepancies in the narrative.
- Finishing the Interrogation: wrap up the interview, choose your approach based on how cooperative the suspect has been.
And while you’re interrogating your suspect, make sure you’re using state-of-the-art equipment. There is no reason to put off upgrading or switching to a new system with the many advantages that iRecord will bring your department, a few of which include:
- Turnkey solution to record, store and play back interviews
- One page recording user manual means NO COMPUTER EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO OPERATE.
- CD/DVD storage media eliminates difficulties associated with storing cassette or VHS tapes over long periods of time.
- No extensive IT support required to implement.
- Using CD/DVD or network storage means no more lost interviews.
- No more rewinding or fast-forwarding tapes!
- Notes taken individually are private to each recording.
- Easily find specific sections of an interview by searching for specific words or information in individual recordings