When Someone Thinks Of Interrogation Techniques Their Mind

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When someone thinks of interrogation techniques their mind gravitates towards the cliché good cop bad cop routine. It is a classic calling card in stories and films alike where one cop intimidates the suspect and another is sympathetic towards them. However, real life interrogations are of course more complicated than they are portrayed in film. This paper will seek to learn more about the fundamental techniques that detectives utilize in the real world to incriminate suspects.
The interrogation process is one of the most important phases of the justice system. It demands many aspects such as, “the investigation of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the restoration of order, and the deterrence of future crime” (Police Interrogation and
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The goal is to create a connection psychologically with the suspect. Therefore, the interrogator must connect with them on a personal level, for instance, through engaging in small talk. Small talk helps to push things forward as it contributes to the previously mentioned idea of creating an illusion. It is at this time where the interrogator is engaging with the suspect in a friendly manner so that they feel more comfortable, and the interrogator is viewed as nonthreatening. It is intended “to put the suspect at ease” (Police Interrogation and American Justice) and thus make the interrogator more relatable. The second step is to acknowledge their rights; Miranda Waiver. Detectives are legally bound to inform the suspect of the Miranda Waiver; the right to remain silent and that anything they say or do can be used against them in court. If by any chance a detective forgets to do this, any statements “cannot be used against him” and are “excluded from evidence at trial” (Police Interrogation and American Justice). At this stage the best outcome for the interrogator is for the suspect to waive their rights for a lawyer, that way they do not have to deal with a lawyer. The third stage is when the interrogation process actually happens. During this process the detective is no longer asking questions but instead accusing the suspect of the crime committed. The idea here is to convince the suspect that they have evidence
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