OBTAINING WRITTEN STATEMENT
CRITICAL TASK: 191-390-0133
At the end of this lesson, you will be able to obtain usable statements and
confessions utilizing DA Form 2823.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Obtain written statements.
You will have this subcourse, pencil, and paper.
You must complete all exercises for each lesson, take the final
examination and obtain a score of at least 75 percent correct
a. In lessons one and two of this subcourse, the emphasis was on the tactics
and techniques to be used by a special agent (SA) in obtaining oral testimony
during an interview or interrogation. This lesson will deal with the procedures to
be used in transcribing that oral testimony to a written statement or confession.
Once the special agent has obtained oral testimony, it is important that a properly
prepared written document be completed for use with reports of investigation and
for presentation in any ensuing court-martial.
b. A written statement puts the cap on your interviews and interrogations.
Both you and the maker are subject to forgetfulness, as we all are.
this serves as the needed written record.
These written statements become a
permanent record of oral testimony and serve as documents in the report of
They are part of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) report
so that the reviewer may verify the facts for the conclusion reached in the report.
Matching these statements will bring out the needed preparation that may reduce any
surprise during trial. The written statement may also discredit a hostile or lying
witness in court.
c. The following definitions will apply throughout this lesson: