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NCJ Number: 69505 Find in a Library
Title: INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES
Corporate Author: Region P Training Task Force
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Charles S Maccrone Productions
Aptos, CA 95003
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Region P Training Task Force
Sale Source: Charles S Maccrone Productions
432 Ewell Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS POLICE TRAINING FILM REVIEWS THE BASIC STEPS FOR A POLICE OFFICER WHEN INTERVIEWING WITNESSES AND OTHER RELEVANT PERSONS DURING INVESTIGATIONS.
Abstract: THE FIRST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN INTERVIEWING IS THE TIMING. THE INTERVIEW SHOULD BE HELD AS SOON AFTER THE INCIDENT AS POSSIBLE. THE OFFICER SHOULD ALSO GET THE PERSON MENTALLY PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW. THE SETTING SHOULD BE FAMILIAR, COMFORTABLE, PRIVATE, AND WITHOUT DISTRACTION. THE INTERVIEWER SHOULD BE PREPARED BY LEARNING ABOUT THE SUBJECT BEFORE THE INTERVIEW. BARRIERS SUCH AS DESKS SHOULD BE ELIMINATED. THE INTERVIEWER SHOULD DEVELOP RAPPORT WITH SUBJECTS BY NOT LOOKING OR TALKING DOWN TO THEM AND BY MAINTAINING THE PROPER ATTITUDE AND INTEREST. THE INTERVIEWER SHOULD ALSO MOTIVATE THE SUBJECT AND KEEP THE SUBJECT TALKING TO ELMINATE THE BARRIER OF FEAR. THIS CAN BE DONE BY ASKING OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS AND AVOIDING YES-NO AND LEADING QUESTIONS. THE INTERVIEWER SHOULD DEVELOP AN INDIVIDUAL STYLE, BUT THE BASICS SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR ALL INTERVIEWS. THE INTERVIEW SHOULD NOT END ABRUPTLY, AND THE OFFICER SHOULD LET SUBJECTS KNOW THAT THEIR HELP IS APPRECIATED. AN INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Field interrogation and interview; Police community relations; Police responsibilities; Videotapes
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 10 MINUTES, COLOR VIDEO-CASSETTE PRODUCED BY REGION P TRAINING TASK FORCE
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