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Interviews and interrogations are powerful investigative methods that require careful planning, skillful execution, and insightful analysis. There are so many variables that can adversely affect the interview or interrogation that if not properly handled and accounted for, they may jeopardize an entire investigation. For example, the subject of the interview may have an underlying agenda, consciously or subconsciously, that can taint responses; or, the inexperienced investigator may have a certain predisposition to believing certain behaviours are indicative of one thing when in fact, in the interviewee at hand, they are a typical behavior of another sort altogether.
Our experienced interviewers are adept at discerning underlying agendas, benchmarking interviewee behavior, and asking clarifying questions. CIS interview and interrogation investigations are conducted solely by our senior investigative personnel trained in Reid interviewing techniques, statement analysis, and human behaviour. These investigators include former senior law enforcement officers and human rights investigators and all have fifteen plus years experience in investigative interviewing.
CIS always recommends that written statements be obtained from all relevant parties where possible, after any occurrence; particularly one that may require interviews or interrogations to resolve. This allows for the gathering of information while it is still clear in the minds of those involved and helps to avoid influence or collusion. Written statements provide critical evidence as well as a construct from which to formulate the initial investigative interview questions. Written statements also provide documented accounts against which to measure the consistency of subsequent testimony, and are available should forensic statement analysis be required.
CIS interview and interrogation investigations are often implemented as a secondary step in follow-up to preliminary undercover, CCTV and other technical or forensic investigations. In these instances the interview or interrogation is useful in providing the accused individuals the opportunity to confirm or deny their role in the accusation or at minimum, provide their side of the story.
Situations in which interviews or interrogations are often the primary investigative method include:
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