Interview and Interrogation

Course Description

This course of instruction is designed specifically for law enforcement officers. The focus of this training is to prepare investigators to conduct court preferred methods of interviewing and interrogation techniques. This is accomplished by incorporating non-verbal behavioral analysis (body language), as well as grammatical clues to support truth and deception.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the ten most common mistakes made by investigators.
  2. Describe the differences between an interview and an interrogation.
  3. Describe the "fight vs. flight" syndrome and its effects on behavioral analysis.
  4. Perform analysis on verbal and written statements.
  5. Prepare a list of open and closed-ended questions.
  6. Describe the cause and effects of the false positive and how to avoid same.
  7. Recognize the evasive verbal response and its effective antidote.
  8. Repeat the three mandated questions of the verbal lie detector.
  9. Perform the mathematical equation of balancing a written statement.
  10. Describe the importance of allowing a suspect to maintain their dignity.
  11. Conduct and describe the twelve steps of an interrogation.


Course Length

3 days (24 hours)

Who May Attend This Course