and left alone for long periods of time. This method works best when two MPIs work
closely together and infer, rather than state, that the one suspect has cooperated.
Regardless of the variations used, this technique should only be used after other
questioning methods have failed.
(4) Jolting questions. This technique is often used after other methods have
failed. Ask the suspect a sudden or quick question "out of the blue." The question
should be asked when the suspect is unprepared for it.
Pay as much attention to
the suspect's reaction to the question, as to his answer.
(5) Minor Admissions.
In most crimes there are usually several offenses
Attempt to get the suspect to admit to one of the lesser offenses.
Once you have this admission, use it as a wedge to obtain a confession from the
8. RECORDING THE FACTS.
The skilled MPI must train himself to remember correctly all the pertinent facts
and discrepancies noted during an interrogation. He must be able to do so without
resorting to writing notes.
Pencil and paper is kept out of sight during an
However, if the suspect mentions a name or address during the
interrogation that you need to remember, remove a notebook from your pocket, jot
down the information, and immediately replace the notebook out of sight.
possible, conduct the interrogation where a sound recording of the entire
interrogation (in accordance with AR 381-17) can be made.
Or conduct it where a
stenographer or another MPI can be out of sight of the suspect for the purpose of
Just as soon as the interrogation is over, make a complete set of
These should cover the information gained, the reactions of the suspect,
You should have ample opportunity during the interrogation to observe and
evaluate the physical mannerisms and emotional state of the subject. Be alert for
any signs of emotional disturbance or nervous tension. This may indicate deception
or guilt. Evaluate the information given by the suspect in respect to known facts,
the testimony of the victim and witnesses, and the physical evidence.
other investigative means every pertinent statement.
PART L - INTERPRETERS.
MPIs, particularly in an overseas area, may have to question persons with whom
there can be no direct conversation due to language differences. This problem is
usually solved through the use of a carefully chosen interpreter. The interpreter
should be a member of the Armed Forces or a US citizen.
If it is impossible to
find such a person, a qualified local citizen should be used. The availability of
an interpreter should not discourage you, however, from