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Five Stages of Successful Interviews & Interrogations Technique


Most experienced criminal justice interviewers recognize that statements, admissions and confessions obtained from a suspect are often successfully challenged in court. Today, the word “interrogation”, whether deserved or not, has a confrontational theme associated with it and defense attorney’s take full advantage this negative concept when contesting a confession in court.  Needless to say, current interview and interrogation tactics and techniques have been placed under the microscope by criminal defense attorneys resulting in good cases, both the United States and Canada, being thrown out of court. Hence, the development of the Five Stages of Successful Interviews & Interrogations Technique Course.

Five Stages of Successful Interviews & Interrogations Technique has been designed to train individuals to follow a coordinated approach when conducting all interviews. The benefit of this approach is the interviewer develops better listening skills which translates into obtaining more relevant information, to include confessions.

Five Stages of Successful Interviews & Interrogations Technique has been designed by a practitioner who has conducted structured interviewers for over 30 years. He routinely conducts interviews for law enforcement agencies and criminal defense attorneys which grants him a unique opportunity to discover new and effective methods of obtaining information.

The tactics and techniques taught in the Five Stages of Successful Interviews & Interrogations Technique are all practiced techniques. The class demonstrates the importance of patience and developing important active listening skills. Attendees will be taught how a structured interview can result in obtaining new and relevant investigative information, detailed all-inclusive statements / admissions and comprehensive confessions which will withstand a defense attorney’s court challenge.

This course includes the viewing and analysis of several video taped interviews. Students  are given the opportunity to practice and refine their interview skills as they view the videos. They also witness first hand the importance of patience, the use of active listening skills and the practical application of the techniques taught in this class. It should be noted that these training videos are real-life situations that have been recorded and some of the material is sensitive in nature.

Course Objectives:

  • Ingredients of Good Liars– Identify 18 traits researchers have identified which would challenge seasoned interviewers regarding detecting deception.
  • Types of Denial– Understanding reasons why and how people lie will assist the interviewer in developing information which can be used in the Review & Resolution Stage.
  • Basic Interview Theories– Simple theories will be explained and discussed which will allow the interviewer to understand interview concepts. These concepts will include Typical Interview Faux Pas, Setting Up the Room and Case Preparation.
  • Rapport Building– Learning How To Be A Good Listener will help establish empathy which is a crucial building block of rapport.
  • Five Stages of Successful Interviews– These stages will allow the Interviewer to learn and develop a better formula of interviewing all suspects.
  • Analytical Disclosure Dialogue– These key critical questions will reveal answers which will allow the interviewer to analyze responses to these questions. The responses then can be categorized as being typically truthful or deceptive responses.
  • Improving Listening Skills– Listening is an essential part of communication and it is different from hearing. Being a good and patient listener will assist the Interviewer to become more effective.
  • Assessing Verbal Responses– The key to successful interviews is to unlock what the person is saying in response to critical questions as well as in addition to listening to the person’s facts and circumstances surrounding the case.
  • Assessing Non-Verbal Behaviors– Recent research has shown that interviewers are being mislead by non-verbal behavior. This area will focus on how to use observable body language to the benefit of the Interviewer.


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  • Judicial Investigators
  • Intelligence Officers
  • Background Investigators
  • Polygraph Examiners

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