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Investigative Interviewing: a Professional Approach to Investigations

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This chapter explains the basic principles of investigative interviewing, and describes how they can contribute to better police investigations and higher standards of professionalism consistent with international obligations. Firstly it is necessary to place the interviewing of victims, witnesses or suspects in the context of the investigation. In some cases the investigator may find that the victim is dead; there are no witnesses to the offence; the witnesses are too afraid to give evidence or information; or there may be no forensic evidence. In such cases the investigator may have to rely on obtaining a confession from a suspect, and this is acceptable in those jurisdictions where a person may be found guilty by a court on the basis of an uncorroborated confession.

Keywords: confession evidence; humane and ethical interviewing; international obligations; investigative interviewing; police investigations; professional approach



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