POLICE INTERVIEWS AND INTERROGATIONS
In this lesson you will learn to interview witnesses and victims, conduct rights
warning procedures, interrogate suspects and obtain sworn statements.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Conduct interviews and interrogations and obtain acceptable oral or
written statements and confessions.
You will have this subcourse, pencil, and paper.
You must earn
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following
publications: FM 19-20, STP 19-95D15-SM, AR 190-30, and CIDR 195-1.
Communication between persons is the mainstay of the MPI's job. Through it, he
learns what happened before his arrival; through it, he answers the basic questions
of every investigation, the who?, what?, where?, when?, why?, and how?; and through
it, he passes on that knowledge to others who need to know.
To get information,
the investigator must know the techniques of interview and interrogation in this
lesson. The MPI, because of his absence when the incident occurred, must rely on
others to tell him what happened.
He must use the spoken word if he is to
effectively question those persons with knowledge of the incident. The collection
and evaluation of evidence is a vital part of the job.
however, the physical evidence has little or no practical value.
It is only
through communication with those connected with the incident that the MPI learns
the meaning of such evidence.
others, he must be able to