may use any technique that is legal and will not induce an innocent person to
You are encouraged to try the different techniques in order to find some that you
are comfortable with. You should also be familiar with them so that if you witness
an investigator employing a technique, you will recognize which technique he or she
Logic and reasoning.
Playing down the offense.
If you have read the information on interviews, you already know how to terminate
the interrogation and how to evaluate the information obtained. The procedures and
requirements are the same.
You need to compose a statement, clarify any
misunderstandings, and verify confessions.
Document an Interview or Interrogation
It is extremely important to correctly document statements obtained during an
interview or interrogation.
Documentation that is incorrect is useless.
Documentation that is legally and
accurately completed can be vital evidence.
The official documentation of an
interview or interrogation is DA Form 2823.
It is completed at the end of the
interview or interrogation. A sample is shown in Figure 2-7.
Prepare the Heading of DA Form 2823. The heading of the DA Form 2823 identifies
the statement. You must include the following information in the heading (Figure
Location where statement is made.
Date statement is made.
File number of the case.
Name, SSN, grade or status, and organization or address of the person making
The time the statement is made is filled in and initialed, when the statement