Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Covering the entire sequence of events that occur during the interview and interrogation process, this book provides a realistic building bl ock approach that allows you to move from a preliminary accusation to an ultimate confession by applying practical rules to the process. It gives you the flexibility to select a number of different paths to pro ceed in an interrogation of a suspect. Useful in both the law enforcem ent and private sectors, Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogat ion, Second Edition allows you to deal effectively with the complex pr oblems of interviewing and interrogating victims, witnesses, suspects, and even potential employees.

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Opens with an overview of the interview and interrogation process and descriptions of approaches such as the good guy/bad guy, factual, and emotional approaches. Later chapters detail each step of the process, covering preparation and strategy, legal aspects, interpretation of verbal and physical behavior, causes of denials, establishing credibility, reducing resistance, rationalization, obtaining the admission, development of the admission, the statement, and ending the interview. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction/Overview of the Process
Preparation and Strategy
Legal Aspects
*Memory and False Confessions
Interpretation of Verbal and Physical Behavior
Causes of Denials
*Why People Confess
Establishing Credibility/The Accusation
Reducing Resistance-Rationalizations
Obtaining the Admission
Development of the Admission
The Statement
Ending the Interview
*Frequently Asked Questions
*Telephone Interviewing
*Specialized Interviews
About the Authors

*Indicates new chapter

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Comprehensive overview of interrogation and interviewing

    This book was a text for a class I took toward a second bachelor's degree in forensic accounting. I've been a prosecutor for almost 20 years, and have spent the last 15 focused on investigating and prosecuting white collar and public corruption cases in state court. I thought that a course in interviewing and interrogation techniques would be remedial, but was wrong.

    This book focuses primarily on techniques for interrogating a suspect or target, which is definitely the more difficult skill to learn. It covers all of the verbal and nonverbal behavior clusters that many have heard about but few have actually studied or mastered.

    Some of the chapters were better organized than others, and some parts were repetitive. I found that the best way to master the text was to prepare an outline with my own subheadings and brief summary of the major points in each paragraph.

    Overall, the methods introduced by the authors are truly "practical," and I've already incorporated some of their techniques into planning upcoming interviews. The text has many sample transcripts to illustrate how to handle various situations, such as confrontational suspects.

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