Current Investigator Tip
What Do False Confession Experts Say in Their Reports?
Nov 28, 2023
The following represents the type of observations, assessments and opinions Dr. Richard Leo (and other social psychologists) offer/include in their reports and testimony when they are acting on behalf of the defendant...
The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI)
Jan 01, 2019
Research has demonstrated that brain functions and memory of victims of trauma, such as a sexual assault, are significantly affected by the event, and as a result, their behavior and statements may...
A Description of The Reid Technique
Nov 01, 2018
The Reid Technique is oftentimes just thought of and is frequently referred to as simply an interrogation process - it is much more than that. The Reid Technique is a structured interview...
Gang Crime Interrogation
Sep 01, 2018
Gang-related homicides and assaults are frequently motivated by revenge for acts committed by rival gangs against members of a suspect’s crew. Through effective theme development, an interrogator uses sound reasoning...
Human Trafficking Investigations: Interrogation Themes that Get Confessions
Jul 02, 2018
An astute investigator alert to the signs of human trafficking can launch a line of questioning designed to reveal the offender’s conduct
Human traffickers can abduct or lure susceptible individuals for many reasons...
The Value of Behavior Provoking Questions - A Case Study
May 01, 2018
The investigative interview process in the Reid Technique is called the Behavior Analysis Interview (BAI). The BAI consists of three types of questions: Initial Questions designed to develop biographical information, establish rapport...
Clarifying Misrepresentations About Law Enforcement Interrogation Techniques
Mar 01, 2018
Over the years social psychologists, defenses attorneys and some academicians have offered a number of criticisms of current law enforcement interrogation practices, and, in particular, the Reid Technique. Some of these criticisms...
What Words Should I Use When I start an Interrogation?
Jan 01, 2018
The flexibility and effectiveness of the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation is what makes it the most widely used investigative interviewing technique in the world.
The Reid Nine-Steps of...
Nov 01, 2017
Factual analysis can be defined as estimating the probability of a suspect's guilt or innocence based on investigative findings. Each investigator uses factual analysis to narrow the scope of suspects - to...
The Fundamental Foundation of THE REID TECHNIQUE OF INTERROGATION®: Empathy and Understanding
Sep 01, 2017
The Reid Technique consists of a three-phase process beginning with Fact Analysis, followed by the Behavior Analysis Interview (which is a non-accusatory interview designed to develop investigative and behavioral information), followed by...
Jul 01, 2017
Cognitive interviewing is a memory retrieval procedure designed to enhance recall when interviewing a victim or witness. Unlike hypnosis, which involves placing the subject in an altered state of consciousness...
Using Open-ended Questions During the Investigative Interview (Part 2)
May 01, 2017
(See the March April 2017 Investigator Tip for Part 1)
Evaluating the Response to an Open Question
When relating an incident such as being the victim of a robbery or...
Using Open-ended Questions During the Investigative Interview (Part 1)
Mar 01, 2017
When evaluating an account, such as what happened to a victim, a suspect’s alibi, or what a witness saw or heard, the investigator should elicit this information by asking an initial open-ended...
Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Obtaining a Reliable Confession
Jan 01, 2017
Physical coercion, torture, duress, denial of rights, threats, and promises of leniency are the poison pills of legally admissible, reliable, and voluntary confessions. Obviously we should not engage in such behaviors or...
Positive Persuasion - Motivating the Subject to Tell the Truth
Nov 01, 2016
Positive persuasion consists of a variety of persuasive statements offered by the investigator to motivate, influence, and persuade the subject to want to tell the truth. The information developed in the...
When Co-Offenders are Being Interrogated Consider "Playing One Against the Other"
Sep 01, 2016
When two or more persons have collaborated in the commission of a criminal offense and are later apprehended for questioning, there is usually a nagging fear on the part of each participant...
Over 300 What's new page entries
Aug 01, 2016
p> Over the last 14 years we have posted over 300 entries on our "What's New" page at www.reid.com. For this July/August Investigator Tip we have listed many of them that you...
There is No Behavior Unique to Lying
May 01, 2016
People oftentimes associate specific behaviors with deception, such as lack of eye contact. But there are many reasons a person may not have eye contact with the individual whom they are speaking...
Interrogation Themes: Five Strategies for Selecting Interrogation Themes
Mar 01, 2016
Identifying the most effective arguments to present to a suspect during an interrogation will help you elicit the truth
A frequent question I'm asked by cops during my interviewing and interrogation...
Making a Murderer: THE REID TECHNIQUE® and Juvenile Interrogations
Jan 01, 2016
In the Netflix program, Making a Murderer, which examines the conviction of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the sexual assault and murder of Teresa Halbach, there is a reference made by...
Legal Cases Sorted by Category
Sep 01, 2015
On a regular basis over the last 10 years we have published on our website and through our quarterly newsletter legal updates of current cases which address relevant interview and interrogation issues...