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BWJP - Turning The Case Upside Down – Rethinking the Art and Science of Suspect Interviews – Suspect FETI
It’s time to take a fresh look at an age-old problem – suspect interviews. Reducing false confessions, deception, and false information have long been at the center of criminal justice interest and research. The desire to determining the truth – deterred neither by fear nor prejudice have been the focal points of research and development of proper interview/interrogation techniques. For centuries suspect interviews have been the topic of great controversy in the criminal justice field. Throughout history numerous techniques have been used to educe information from those suspected of committing crimes. Torture, manipulation, and mind games have all been used to attempt to determine the truthfulness of those who have been accused of many types of crimes including murder, rape, child abuse, and domestic violence. It is absolutely imperative for criminal justice professionals to have the ability to investigate crime, uncover the facts, wade through deception and make determinations. This presentation will review the history of interrogation techniques and discuss the impact of numerous suspect interview/interrogation techniques and the efficacy of these techniques including substantial research that will assist fact-finders in determining some short falls in current interview techniques. This presentation will challenge long-held beliefs in what works and what doesn’t. Recommendations, including the newly developed suspect forensic interview technique will be presented.
Learning Objectives: review current research and conduct a critical examination of the history and methodology of suspect interviews; determine the efficacy of modern day interview/interrogation techniques; identify challenges with traditional interview/interrogation techniques; understand new and exciting interview techniques such as the European investigative interview and the presenter developed suspect Forensic Experiential Trauma