A criminal justice professional gathers information through effective interviews and interrogations. Ineffective victim or suspect interviews or interrogations can cost an investigator a case, and understanding the difference between an interview and an interrogation is critical in selecting an appropriate approach for a specific situation. Interviews and interrogations are dynamic, evolving situations, and developing interviewing and interrogation skills takes time and practice. Interrogation involves an accusatory, persuasive approach. Effective interviewers have the ability to quickly establish rapport with their subjects and gain complete, concise, and accurate information about crimes, additional witnesses, and suspects. Building rapport early helps take down barriers to open and clear communication, which is critical in conducting interviews and interrogations.
By Friday, January 16, 2015, in a minimum of 250 words, post your answers to the following:
- What are the qualities of an effective interviewer and interrogator?
- What are the purposes of interviews and interrogations?
- What is the difference between an interview and an interrogation?
- What is D. K. Berlo’s communication process? How does it apply in the criminal justice field?
- What is a purposeful interview?
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. The discussion rubric carefully read it to understand the expectations.