The Psychology Of Police Interrogation Methods And Techniques
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This website is dedicated to the study of the psychology of police interrogation methods and techniques in the U.S. I am a forensic psychologist with 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, and have advanced training in police interrogation techniques by one of the premier organizations that trains both local and federal government law enforcement personnel. For more information see my contact page.
I have created an Interrogation Psychology Audio Course for professionals that details the psychology behind the common police interrogation methods and techniques. Interrogation is an indepensible component of the prosecution of many crimes, but these subtle very powerful methods can also be misused or abused in certain individual cases. The misuse or abuse of the application of these techniques can lead to false confessions and situations in which a suspect may not have rationally appreciated the consequences of giving a statement. No one knows how often this may happen, but some research indicates that over 20% of persons later cleared by DNA evidence gave false confessions to police!
It turns out the methods that are used by law enforcement to gain confessions are based upon extremely powerful psychological techniques that have been known to social scientists for decades. These same methods have been used by marketers and conmen alike for centuries to convince regular people to do their will. The fact that these same techniques can be applied by law enforcement to get people, who often times should clearly have known better, to give statements that result in lengthy imprisonment, or even execution, is a testament to the power of such techniques!
I believe it is critical that professionals from law enforcement to criminal defense attorneys clearly understand the basis of these techniques to minimize the errors made in the criminal justice system from misapplication of the common methods and techniques of police interrogation.