Tag: interview and interrogation training


Is It Worth the Risk?

Approximately 29 percent of DNA exonerations across the United States since 1989 involved false confessions to the crime. The actual rate of false confessions will probably never be known for sure since ground truth is elusive in non-experimental settings. One thing is clear—false confessions are real.
Confrontation Equals Conflict
A combination of   Read More


Rapport-Building Techniques: The Power of Connection

Rapport-Building Techniques: The Power of Connection

As interviewers, we often share with colleagues how we fared with our various investigations and subsequent interviews. We spend a great deal of time discussing our favorite parts of the interview–the rationalization(s), handling the denial(s), and ultimately how and when we got the submission. However, one aspect of the loss   Read More


Interview and Interrogation Training: Taking Notes

Interview and Interrogation Training: Taking Notes

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI, discussing the importance of taking notes during an interview or interrogation.

Obviously, recording what happens during an interview or interrogation is extremely important to make sure you can substantiate what was said and   Read More


Interview and Interrogation Training: Withholding Evidence

Interview and Interrogation Training: Withholding Evidence

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI, discussing the importance of withholding key evidence during an interview or interrogation.

The term “withholding” really means keeping the information within the investigative resources, meaning you (and maybe your witness) is aware of   Read More


Interview and Interrogation Training: Rationalizing in the Third Person

Interview and Interrogation Training: Rationalizing in the Third Person

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI discussing the importance of rationalizing in the third person.

The term “third person” really means the avoidance of the word “you” and instead using words like “he,” “she,” “they,” or “that.” When we   Read More


Interview and Interrogation Training: Using the Participatory Approach

Interview and Interrogation Training: Using the Participatory Approach

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI discussing how to use the participatory approach during the interview.

The participatory approach is specifically used when there’s circumstantial evidence or that there’s a possibility that your subject might have an excuse, an   Read More