The concepts of conversation, interviews, and interrogations, often seem to get mixed together and confused, which in itself can be a valid questioning technique. But we just need to know where we are in the interaction. The defense will try and portray everything as an interrogation, I try and portray everything as a conversation. A good read on the subject is, Interviewing suspects:Practice,science,and future directions, by Saul M.Kassin*,Sara C.Appleby and Jennifer Torkildson Perillo at a John Jay College of Criminal Justice,NewYork,USA conference.
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Learning and keeping up with interview skills is a constant thing. Some follow the PEACE technique, others stay with the Reid technique, all are valid, but the Reid technique, seems to work better when you have a bit of authority behind you, in private practice, PEACE, or what I like to use, a modified cognitive interview technique, may work better for you.
The key is to keep learning. Here is another part of the John J piece.
Sometimes the terms‘interviewing’and‘interrogation’are recklessly tossed about as if synonymous and interchangeable.Yet at other times the terms are carefully chosen by courtroom advocates sparring in a semantic battle for the hearts and minds of judges and juries.