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1 Techniques for Interrogation
Chapter 12 12-1

2 Defining the Role of the Interrogator to the Suspect
Interpersonal Theory Humans interact within these two boundaries Dominance Affiliation

3 Complementary Principle
Two major assumptions Interpersonal behaviors invite reciprocal behaviors Over time these lead to a repetitive pattern of relating The interrogator should establish a status role or connect through a rapport relationship

4 Interrogator Relationship
The interrogator should determine if the approach to the interrogation is best made by establishing a status role or connecting through a rapport relationship The overriding consideration is that once the interrogator has taken on a hostile role with the suspect it is impossible to go back and later develop rapport

5 Dominant Relationship Pairing
A person’s recognition of the status of another brings the opposite complementary response in a dominant relationship

6 Expectations: a Dominant Relationship Pairing
The suspect will be submissive when the interrogator is dominant The suspect will be cooperative when the interrogator acts distrustful The suspect will be friendly in response to the hostile interrogator

7 Affiliation Relationship Pairing
When a connection develops through rapport the affiliation between the suspect and the interrogator elicits the corresponding complementary response

8 Expectations: an Affiliation Relationship Pairing
The suspect will respond friendly when the interrogator is friendly The suspect will respond cooperatively when the interrogator is cooperative

9 Purpose of the Interrogation
The primary purpose is to obtain a statement from the suspect that acknowledges or indicates the guilt of that person A secondary purpose is to document the lies when the truth is not forthcoming

10 Confession vs. Admission
Both are known as inculpatory statements I.e., statements that put the blame on someone They are treated the same under constitutional analysis

11 Confession Is a statement made by a defendant disclosing his guilt of the crime with which he is charged and excluding the possibility of a reasonable inference to the contrary

12 What Does a Confession Contain?
It is admitting to his or her role in having committed a crime It is not limited to words but may be inferred through the demeanor, conduct, and acts of the person charged with a crime I.e., a person acts out HOW he killed the girl

13 Admission Is a statement of guilty conduct, containing only facts from which guilt may be inferred May be any information regarding the suspect and his or her role or relationship to the crime, the victim, or the place of the offense

14 What Does an Admission Contain?
A suspect may admit to pulling down the pants of a 2-year-old girl but denies that any criminal act took place, such as an indecent touching of her genitals The suspect has denied criminal conduct but admitted to having the opportunity and relationship with the child

15 The Role of a Confession
It is only part of the investigation process Not the primary method of gathering evidence

16 Over-reliance on a Confession is Bad!
May warp the investigation if collecting evidence is made secondary May cause the case to be dropped if the confession is found inadmissible and no other evidence of guilt exists A common view is that a confession alone is not enough to prove a person guilty

17 Slam-Dunk Approach to Interrogation
When the interrogator forcefully claims that the suspect is guilty and does not allow him to deny

18 Slam-Dunk Approach to Interrogation
Initial hardness may cause some offenders to be fearful of making statements and others will not talk at all Do NOT use if the suspect is cooperative, mentally ill, or excessively emotional

19 Interrogation Approach
Interrogation tactics may be based on the offender Offenders differ based on the level of guilt they experience Emotional Nonemotional

20 Interrogation Approach
Interrogation tactics may be based on an assessment of the suspect Determine offender strengths and weaknesses Guilt, remorse, or entitlement may be exploited

21 Non-Custodial Interrogation Situations
Occurs when the suspect is not in police custody or under arrest The suspect must be fully aware that he or she is free to leave at any time The awareness may be based on the location of the interrogation The attitude of the interrogator Follow through by not arresting the suspect

22 Non-Custodial Interrogation Requirements
Miranda warnings are not required Must be given if the situation changes Not an available option if the suspect has been arraigned in court on the crimes under investigation or the individual asks to speak with an attorney

23 Custodial Interrogation Situation
Occurs when the suspect is under arrest or is not free to leave because arrest is impending

24 Miranda in a Custodial Interrogation Situation
The offender must be given his rights per Miranda The suspect must understand these rights and make a knowing waiver of these rights for an interrogation to take place The suspect must make a voluntary waiver of these rights for an interrogation to take place

25 Interrogation Phase I — Preparation
Phase I is about the interrogator establishing control over the interrogation

26 Interrogation Phase I — Preparation
Step One: Determine who will interrogate Step Two: Understand the law Step Three: Know the case Step Four: Establish the timing Step Five: Determine the location

27 Interrogation Phase II — Develop Outcome-Based Tactics
These are persuasive arguments that are designed to overcome the resistance of a guilty suspect to confess

28 Tactic #1: An Appeal to the Suspect’s Self-interest
Possible fear to overcome: retaliation Empathize with the dilemma that the suspect faces Their best option is to cooperate with the police This is the most frequent tactic used in interrogation Encourage the suspect to “get it off his chest” or to “take this opportunity for his side to be heard”

29 Tactic #2: Confronting the Suspect with Existing Evidence of Guilt
This may involve telling the suspect about physical evidence that demonstrates they committed the crime Possible fear to overcome: paranoia Point to a failed polygraph test as providing evidence of guilt Use the relationship that the suspect had to the victim

30 Tactic #3: Undermining the Suspect’s Confidence in his or her Denials
If the suspect does not think that the interrogator has sufficient evidence to arrest, they may be reluctant to provide that information during an interrogation Possible fear to overcome: fear of arrest A decision may be made to delay the arrest State that “the facts of the case speak for themselves, you only have the option of cooperating at this point”

31 Tactic #4: Identify Contradictions in the Suspect’s Alibi or Story
The term “because” may be used as a persuasive word Tell the suspect that he or she committed the crime BECAUSE .. Give examples! Possible fear to overcome: fear of financial repercussions Attempt to engage the suspect with why they committed the crime

32 Tactic #5: Asking Specific Behavioral Analysis Interview Questions
The guilt ridden offender may be unwilling to look the interrogator in the eyes The apathetic offender will show defiance by looking the interrogator in the eye with denial Look for behavioral indicators of nervousness, sweating, or frequent licking of lips or wiping of eyebrows

33 Tactic #6: Appealing to the Importance of Cooperation
Face the repercussions of the criminal act with the offender and suggest they start over through cooperation Alternatively, minimize the repercussions and be compassionate Possible fear to overcome: loss of job Loss of status or employment loss is a considerable fear to overcome, determine which approach will maximize cooperation

34 Tactic #7 Offering Moral Justifications and Face-saving Excuses
Possible fear to overcome: shame Use empathy to overcome the fear of shame Ask why the offender did the act to allow for face-saving excuses Minimize the crime and never refer to it by the legal term Encourage the suspect to express guilt, remorse, or anger towards the victim

35 Tactic #8: Confront the Suspect with False Evidence of Guilt
This approach makes sense when there is more than one person involved in the crime Information provided by one partner can be embellished on and presented as fact to the other Possible fear to overcome: blame The suspect who played a minor part will be fearful of taking all of the blame Suggest that the evidence points to him, this is the chance to share the blame with others

36 Tactic #9: Praising or Flattering the Suspect
Look for evidence that the suspect is insecure Did the suspect appear to take pleasure in the act? Praise and flattery may be a very successful tool to obtain a confession Possible fear to overcome: insignificance Praise and supportive statements convey a positive judgment to the suspect

37 Tactic #10: Appealing to the Detective’s Expertise and Authority
This requires an over-confident approach by the interrogator It puts emphasis on the status of the interrogator and downplays the ability of the suspect to get away with the crime This tactic allows the interrogator to take charge of an interrogation by suggesting that he or she is much smarter than the suspect It is used to break down the confidence of the suspect

38 Phase III — Getting the Confession: The Basics
Leave all weapons outside of the interrogation room Don’t verbally back the suspect into a corner Don’t invite a denial, ask for an explanation Don’t interrogate a handcuffed suspect Avoid initial antagonizing Don’t make a cross-examination confrontation Don’t be solicitous or friendly

39 Getting the Confession
Step I: Make the claim Be honest Use their first name without title Do not shout Do not show anger Be in close proximity to the suspect

40 Getting the Confession
Step II: Lock it in No further discussion on innocence Present an excuse for their actions Give them good intentions Minimize their culpability in the crime

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