Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques

Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques

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Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques believably answers the question, How do you know when someone is lying? It also provides a guide for interviewing probable suspects and interrogating likely perpetrators on techniques and tradecraft. This book covers topics about searching for truth and revealing lies. It presents forensic assessments based on psychophysiology, and assessments on the basis of non-verbal behavior. The book also covers interview and interrogation preparation, as well as question formulation. It discusses the Morgan Interview Theme Technique or MITT, and the Forensic Assessment Interview or FAINT. The book addresses techniques for interviewing children and the mentally challenged, and offers information about pre-employment interviews. It also explains how to understand aggressive behavior and how to deal with angry people. The book concludes by presenting future methods for searching for the truth. Law enforcement and security professionals, as well as prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and civil litigators will find this book invaluable.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 198.12 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 1,043.26g
  • Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0123819865
  • 9780123819864
  • 513,367

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Praise for the third edition: "This is a remarkably well-written book on effective interviewing of individuals and interrogation of suspects. Its description and explanation in the use of the Forensic Assessment Interview (FAINT), Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN), and the Morgan Interview Theme Technique (MITT), which can be used individually or in combination to achieve maximum results, is comprehensive and exceptional...This book should be required reading and on the bookshelf of everyone involved in the interview of individuals and interrogation of suspects, both in the public and private sectors. I highly recommend this book without reservations." --James Allan Matte, President of Matte Polygraph Service, Inc., member of adjunct Faculty of the Backster School of Lie Detection, American Polygraph Association, Honorary Member of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Examiners Association, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Association for Psychological Science, American Society for Testing and Materials and Honorary President of the British Polygraph Association. Praise for the second edition: "The authors have described a very generalizable and useful interviewing technique that is easy to learn, simple to use, and can significantly improve the ability to discern truth from deception in a manner that is both interesting and engaging." --J Police Crim Psych (2008) 23:45-47show more

About Nathan J. Gordon

William L. Fleisher is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training. He was the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Philadelphia Office of the U. S. Customs Service. Mr. Fleisher is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and/officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. He has over 33 years of experience in law enforcement. An internationally recognized expert in Behavioral Symptom Analysis, Mr. Fleisher is the author of the U. S. Customs technical manual on Behavioral Analysis. He is a founder and first Commissioner of the Vidocq Society, an organization of forensic experts who assist law enforcement and victim's families in unsolved homicides and is also a member of the American Polygraph Association. Mr. Fleisher lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife and four children. Nathan J. Gordon is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, where he developed the Forensic Assessment Interview and Integrated Interrogation Technique. He is an expert forensic psycho-physiologist and an internationally recognized expert in the field of Forensic Assessment Interviewing and Interrogation. He has lectured and conducted seminars on these subjects to thousands of law enforcement, intelligence and private security officers throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Gordon, a recognized innovator in the field of truth verification, has had his work recognized in publications among which is, Forensic Psychophysiology; Use Of The Polygraph, by James Allen Matte. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Association, numerous committees for the American Polygraph Association, and is a Director of the Vidocq Society. Mr. Gordon lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children, and grandson.show more

Table of contents

1. The Search for Truth 2. Truth and Lies 3. Psychophysiological Basis of the Forensic Assessment 4. Preparation for the Interview / Interrogation 5. Morgan Interview Theme Technique (MITT) 6. Forensic Statement Analysis 7. Question Formulation: Irrelevant, Relevant, and Comparison Questions 8. Projective Analysis of Unwitting Verbal Cues 9. Nonverbal Behavioral Assessment 10. Traditional Scoring of the FAINT Interview 11. The Validation of the Forensic Assessment Interview (FAINT) 12. Interviewing Children and the Mentally Challenged 13. Report Writing 14. Torture and False Confessions: The Ethics of a Post 9/11 World 15. Pre-Employment Interviewing 16. Passenger Screening with Verbal and Nonverbal Cues 17. Legal Considerations 18. The Integrated Interrogation Technique 19. Statements, Recordings and Videos 20. The Instrumental Detection of Deception: Polygraph 21. The Search for Truth: Future Instrumentation Appendix A Forensic Assessment Interview Appendix B Weighted FAINT Form Appendix C Pre-Employment Booklet Appendix D Questionnaireshow more

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Praise for the second edition:"The authors have described a very generalizable and useful interviewing technique that is easy to learn, simple to use, and can significantly improve the ability to discern truth from deception in a manner that is both interesting and engaging."-- J Police Crim Psych (2008) 23:45-47"The authors show how applying the techniques identified in the book can achieve desired investigative results. The new edition is also timely in that the authors address purported methods or torture, such as waterboarding, in our post-9-11 society. The text remains a valuable reference for those who practice the art and science of investigations, and for readers or prior editions, this updated version's new content merits a second looks."-- Security Managementshow more

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