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Title: Interviewing Sex Offenders
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:58  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1991)  Pages:39-43
Author(s): M A Hertica
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
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Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police interviews of sex offenders should use many of the same techniques used in victim interviews, because sex offenders generally feel right and guilt similar to the victims and they may use psychological defenses to rationalize their behavior.
Abstract: The interviewer must first establish control of the situation by rapidly gathering as much evidence as possible to corroborate the accusation. The interview should take place in the interviewer's workplace. The first part of the interview should be used to establish the authority of the interviewer and the goal of the interview. They should also establish rapport by discussing the suspect's life in general. They should assess the information gained to identify the offender's characteristics based on Groth's clinical profiles of regressed and fixated offenders or Lanning's behavioral profiles of situational and preferential offenders. During the portion of the interview designed to elicit a confession, the interviewer must refrain from being judgmental and should ask the offender for further details. The interviewer's approach must also match the offender's profile. 2 references
Main Term(s): Suspect interrogation
Index Term(s): Interrogation procedures; Police interviewing training; Sex offender profiles
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