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The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Advanced Interrogation Techniques

This new 4-day format includes the material from our 3-day Interview and Interrogation program as well as our 1-day Advanced program. This is the most complete program available regarding the Reid Technique.


  • Interview and Interrogation Preparation
  • Distinction Between an Interview and Interrogation
  • Proper Room Environment
  • Factors Affecting the Subject's Behavior


  • Evaluating Attitudes
  • Evaluating Nonverbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Verbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Paralinguistic Behavior


  • The Benefits of Conducting the interview prior to any interrogation
  • Analyzing Factual Information Prior to the Interview
  • Reid Behavior Provoking Questions
  • The Baiting Technique
  • Asking Investigative Questions
  • Asking Hypothetical Questions


  • Preparation prior to the interrogation
  • Assessing the Suspect's Fears prior to the interrogation


  • Step 1: The Positive Confrontation Benefit of the Transition Statement
  • Step 2: Theme Development First Person Themes Third Person Themes and Personal Stories Identifying the suspect's Needs for committing the crime
  • Step 3: Handling Denials Addressing Suspect Challenges Addressing the Suspects Request to see evidence Introducing Evidence Tactics to gain trust Tactics to change the suspect's perception
  • Step 4: Overcoming Objections Handling Logical Challenges
  • Step 5: Procurement and Retention of the Suspect's Attention Use of Role Reversal Challenging the Suspect's Values and Traits Addressing the Suspect's Fear of Consequences Addressing the Futility of continued denials
  • Step 6: Handling Suspect's Passive Mood Having the suspect verbalize agreement
  • Step 7: Presenting the Alternative Question Understanding the Alternative Using Positive and Negative Supporting Statements
  • Step 8: Having the Suspect Orally Relate the Details of the Crime Committing the Suspect to the crime Guard Against False Confessions
  • Step 9: Elements of Oral and Written Statements

Benefits of Attending

Some of the many benefits realized by individuals who attend a REID® training program include learning a time tested process

  • that is in compliance with the guidelines established by the courts
  • that respects the rights and dignity of the individual
  • that is flexible, adaptable and versatile so as to meet the challenges of an ever changing environment
  • that will increase your ability to successfully resolve a wide variety of investigations
  • that will enhance your ability to eliminate the truthful and identify the deceptive individual
  • that has built in safeguards to protect the integrity of the confession
  • that will significantly enhance your interviewing and interrogation skills

    Individuals who attend a REID® training course will learn how to

    • assess the credibility of the information provided by a victim, witness or subject during the investigative interview
    • structure the investigative interview
    • solicit the subject’s story, version of events, or explanation of what happened by using open-ended questions
    • determine the appropriate follow-up questions
    • properly phrase the investigative questions
    • use behavior provoking questions during the interview
    • use persuasion techniques to learn the truth from the deceptive individual
    • to determine the best persuasion approach to use as based on subject insights developed during the interview
    • evaluate and implement from a variety of approaches the most effective as determined by the individual and case characteristics

    Some of the comments from recent 2023 courses:

    • I enjoyed the class and learned an enormous amount of information. The instructor kept the class interesting and kept my attention the entire time.
    • Loved the breakdown of videos and techniques. This was a huge benefit.
    • Speaker was very energetic and knowledgeable in the course material. Speaker made the classroom a fun learning experience.
    • The instructor had great pace of content, obviously very experienced creating strong credibility. Stayed on track. Nice sense of humor. Very engaging. One of the best courses I have attended in 10 years! I wish all presenters had his finesse. I will be encouraging others at the agency to attend.
    • Completely applicable to my cases. I’m a seasoned investigator (18 years) and this added nuance and depth to my skill set. Instructor was very engaging, knowledgeable, helpful in answering questions, and thoughtful. The skills he provided in the course crossover to many other areas of law enforcement beyond where I currently serve.

    If you are interested in hosting this four-day training program for your organization or association, please contact Julie Rock / 855-479-3959 /