Any other technique you can create; you are limited only by your own imagination.
You must be cautious to stay within the bounds of legality and not violate the
Recording the Facts.
Take notes of person's name and address during the
You must train yourself to remember correctly all the facts and
discrepancies during the interrogation. Do not take written notes until after the
suspect has confessed and is willing to fully cooperate.
Then explain to the
suspect that you wish to take notes only to ensure that you get his story down
Evaluating the Information. You have opportunity during the interrogation to
observe and to evaluate the mannerisms and the emotional state of the subject. Be
alert for any signs of emotional disturbance or nervous tension that may indicate
deception or guilt. Evaluate the information given in respect to known facts, the
testimony of the victim and witnesses, and the physical evidence available. Verify
every pertinent statement made by the suspect.
Interviews and interrogations are the principle activities of CID
investigators engaged in the search for truth. Without them, special agents cannot
expect to learn about events that happened while they were not present. Interviews
should be conducted where the person interviewed is at ease, while interrogations
should be conducted where the CID investigator enjoys the psychological advantage.
Interviews serve to develop leads, verify facts, obtain information, identify
persons, develop background information, and locate the fruits of the crime.
Interrogations are conducted to get facts from persons who will not respond to
questions set in an interview framework.
Frequently, interrogations are
questioning sessions with suspects and are designed to get admissions or
confessions of guilt; however, interrogation approaches and techniques may be
useful in getting the truth from any person, including victims, who are involved in
PART B: THE INTERROGATOR
Conduct and Attitude. As an SA, the conduct and attitude toward the subject
may be the key to success or failure. Your attitude should be that of one seeking
the truth, rather than a confession or a conviction; you should be seeking to
clarify a misunderstanding, or to help the subject straighten himself out rather
than seek punishment. A sympathetic, understanding attitude, on your part, will be
far more effective than one that belittles or degrades the subject. The approach
used will vary with each case, but the following tips will be useful, regardless of
Be in command of any interrogation.
You must establish your
command, not through your authority, but by your personality and air of confidence.
Do this by being firm and sympathetic, without being harsh or soft.
calm, dignified, self-assured manner, confident of your own ability to get the
facts from any subject.