skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 62601 Find in a Library
Title: INTERVIEWS DO NOT ALWAYS LEAD TO THE TRUTH
Journal: SECURITY MANAGEMENT  Volume:23  Issue:10  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1979)  Pages:55,56,60
Author(s): W J PENLEY
Corporate Author: American Soc for Industrial Security
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc for Industrial Security
Arlington, VA 22209
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE IN OBTAINING ACCURATE INFORMATION THROUGH INTERVIEWS ARE OUTLINED, AND CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVATION AND EVALUATION.
Abstract: SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS OF AN INVESTIGATION, IN THE BROAD SENSE, ARE TALKING WITH PEOPLE, ELICITING INFORMATION, AND EVALUATING INFORMATION. THE PURPOSE OF SUCH AN INTERVIEW IS TO OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM A PERSON WHO MAY BE RELUCTANT TO FURNISH IT. THE PROCESS OF ELICITING INFORMATION BEGINS WITH PLANNING AND BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH FACTS ABOUT THE CASE IN QUESTION. PRINCIPLES IN INFORMATION GATHERING ARE: CONSIDER PRIVACY, BE OBJECTIVE AND EMPHATHETIC, ESTABLISH RAPPORT, BE POSITIVE AND LISTEN, WEIGH THE WORDS OF THE INTERVIEWEE, BE PATIENT, DO NOT GIVE FALSE INFORMATION, AND DO NOT BLUFF. COURTESY WITHOUT EXCESS FLATTERY IS IMPORTANT IN ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING RAPPORT, ALONG WITH ACCURATE OBSERVATION. OBSTACLES TO ACCURATE OBSERVATION INCLUDE PREJUDICE, PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS, INADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT, INABILITY TO DISCRIMINATE, CONFUSING OBSERVED FACTS AND INFERENCES, LACK OF MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL POISE, DISTRACTING INFLUENCES, AND INATTENTION. IN ADDITION TO FACTORS AFFECTING THE WAY THE EVENT IS OBSERVED, THERE ARE DIFFICULTIES IN OBSERVATION REPORTING. A PROPER CONCEPTION OF THE MEANING OF WORDS IS NECESSARY IN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE INTERVIEWER AND THE INTERVIEWEE. EVALUATION IS A CONTINUING PROCESS; INTERVIEW INFORMATION MUST BE EVALUATED TO DETERMINE HOW IT FITS IN WITH OTHER INTERVIEWS OR EVIDENCE. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Data collections; Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Evidence collection; Interview and interrogation
Note: PAPER PRESENTED AT THE ASIS SOUTHERN REGIONAL SEMINAR, OCTOBER 30-31, 1978, IN MEMPHIS, TN
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=62601

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.