Archive for the Suspect Interview Category


Interview with a Sex Offender

The case information was pretty weak, with no evidence at all. A 13 year old girl had disclosed to her school counselor that her step-father was “touching her” inappropriately and making her feel nervous. The counselor reported the allegation to Health & Welfare authorities, who notified the county Sheriff’s office that had jurisdiction in the small mountain community. The Sheriff assigned the case to one of his top investigators, a veteran who had worked many child abuse cases in her career. When the Sheriff’s Investigator met with the involved parents of the young girl, the hostility was tremendous. The stepfather yelled and screamed, the mother continually said her husband couldn’t or wouldn’t do such a thing and the investigator was ultimately asked to leave their house. Read More...

Field Interviewing in Four Easy Steps

First Responders: 4 Easy Steps to Field Interviewing “Who do I interview first?” is the thought that runs through the mind of every first responder at incident scenes. Fire fighters, paramedics, security officers and law enforcement officers are all expected to manage a scene upon their arrival, make critical decisions and formulate an approach to handling the situation. Read More...

Focused Interviewing System Video Overview

This provides a nice overview of the Focused Interviewing System from another person’s perspective. [youtube]irPBkcQDWVA[/youtube] Read More...

Demeanor and Appearance: How to Dress and Act When Conducting an Interview

If people consistently do one thing wrong when conducting an interview, it’s being too stern, judgmental or unapproachable. Closely following this is an appearance which is not conducive to a relaxed atmosphere. Think about it: we are going to be asking someone to share their thoughts with us, to let us in the “inner circle”, to open up to us. What are the odds that someone will feel comfortable with us if we’re acting hostile, unfriendly, officious or strictly professional an appearance and bearing? Read More...

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