Police Interrogations was last modified: May 7th, 2018 by Howard Iken

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Police Interrogations

Many police officers use an interrogation method called the Reid Technique. You may recognize this method from past interactions with the police. Some industry experts claim it is a non-accusatory technique that helps determine whether a person will tend to tell the truth. Some critics believe this technique will result in some false confessions. In any case you should be aware of the technique so you do not accidentally say something to police that incriminates yourself.  Remember: the best technique of all is to say nothing to police and to immediately request an attorney.

The Reid technique’s nine steps of interrogation 

Step 1 – Direct Confrontation. The officer will show you some evidence they collected. The evidence can be real or fake. Or the evidence may have been gathered illegally. In any case, the officer will try to convince the suspect they have a no-brainer case against them.

Step 2 – The officer may pretend to help you justify why you had to do what you did. You may be encouraged to blame another person for causing you to commit the crime.

Step 3 – You may be discouraged from denying your guilt because the supposed evidence is really strong. Every time you start to say you didn’t do it, the police officer may try to interrupt you. If the officer allows you to say “I didn’t do it” it becomes easier to repeat later on. That also makes it more difficult to get a later confession.talking to police

Step 4 – You may use logic to convince the officer why you could not have committed the crime. Their job is to poke holes in your logic.

Step 5 – The officer tries to appear sincere, friendly, and non-threatening. Many detectives almost feel like a family member and express concern for your safety and well-being. They may try to convince you that they are your friend and ally.

Step 6 – The officer looks for body language that shows surrender to the situation. This could take the form of being quiet, slumped shoulders, crying, or attentiveness.

Step 7 – The officer may offer you alternatives for why the crime was committed. One alternative may show you are a not-so-bad person and got caught up in something involuntarily.

Step 8 – If things go well (for the police officer) you may be ready to talk more willingly about the crime. You will be encouraged to repeat an admission of guilt. You may even be given a logical reason to admit guilt of other possible crimes.

Step 9 – The last step and goal of the interrogation is to document your confession in front of a witness, on video, or through a written statement.

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