03/25/2013||Eight new PowerPoint presentations for your review|
Eight new PowerPoint presentations for your review. We have prepared 8 brief PowerPoint presentations for your review which address several current issues involving the Reid Technique and interrogation practices. |
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03/24/2013||"Your efforts in this area make our nation a better place to live. "|
The following is a testimonial that our office recently received:|
My name is Ernest D. Clevenger, I am the Chief of Police of the Belpre (Ohio) Police Department. I am a thirty-one year veteran of law enforcement in Ohio. I have served with the Belpre Police Department since 1982. I served as a shift supervisor for uniform patrol from 1984 to 2009, when I was promoted to Chief of Police. During my tenure with the Belpre Police Department, I have interviewed and interrogated hundreds of individuals on various crimes and scenarios. I have come to a firm belief that an officer’s ability to conduct a successful interview with a suspect is one of most vital and primary activities an officer can perform during any investigation.
Upon assuming the office of Chief of Police, one of my foremost goals was providing training to our officer cadre in techniques of interviewing and interrogation. After researching the topic, I determined that the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course was a viable class of instruction. Though my officers (some with several years of road experience) seemed slightly dubious over the benefits of the course prior to attendance. I make the arrangements and started scheduling officers for the course(s) as they came about near to us and manpower allowed their attendance.
One of my officers who attended the course had been working on a felony case, a week prior to attending the course. He had interviewed the suspect in the case with no luck and the suspect was stonewalling him at every turn. Two day after returning from the course he again scheduled a formal interview with the suspect in the case. In less than 15 minutes he had the suspect confessing on audio/visual tape, and a written confession within the hour. All of my officers that attended the course returned enthusiastic and eager to apply what they had learned. Almost to a man, they had similar results during their interviews with suspects after their training.
Additionally, our standing within the local law enforcement community has risen over the past four years. We are surrounded by other LE agencies that are 2-to 5 times larger than our agency in manpower. But, we are looked upon as true peers in that, when our agency investigates a crime within our jurisdiction, we get results. Our officers are now working with the Multi-Agency Crime Task Force and are well thought of, respected and making a positive effect upon crime in our area.
I credit this in no small amount to be due to having skilled officer interviewers because of the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Courses.
I wish to convey my heart-felt appreciation of your expertise and willingness to share your experience and training with my officers and the law enforcement community as a whole. Your efforts in this area make our nation a better place to live. Please continue to provide this instruction to others in the law enforcement community. I consider the Reid Technique training in interviews and interrogation to be a “gold standard” in the field.
Chief of Police
03/20/2013||"My entire department is extremely grateful for the work your organization provides."|
The Tazewell County Sheriff, Brian Hieatt, made this statement in a letter he wrote to our office after one of our staff, Mr. Richard Byington, helped their department solve a four year old double homicide case. |
Click here to see Sheriff Hieatt's complete letter.
03/04/2013||New Comment From Graduate|
The following is a recent testimonial that we received from one of our graduates:|
When I went to the Reid Basic interview and interrogation class I returned and was confronted by three deputies who had interviewed a female in reference to taking checks from a mailbox and writing them. The three had no luck in obtaining a confession. I was told "You went to this interview and interrogation class, show us it works."
I obtained a copy of the case file and reviewed it. I met with the suspect and began to work, within 5 minutes she was crying and gave a full confession. I thought this was a fluke. I continued with the Reid program and noticed my confession rate almost doubled within a very short period of time.
Since I have attended the Advanced Reid class I have again raised my confession rate. In multiple instances my interview and interrogation has followed other attempts and resulted in confession. I feel this is one of, if not the best and most useful class I have attended in my 20 years.
Thanks Reid, you've made interviewing and interrogation more productive. I have recommended this training to any LEO that would listen. I have had a lot of "Thanks for the tip" since.
Lieutenant David Lansdale
Garvin County Sheriff's Office
201 W. Grant Avenue
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 73075
01/17/2013||Legal Updates Winter 2013|
In our Legal Updates Winter 2013 column we feature cases that address the following issues:|
- The value of recording interrogations; implication of a lighter sentence rejected
- No requirement to record interrogation in Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court excludes the testimony of Dr. Richard Leo: "his theories are both unreliable and irrelevant"
- Value of video recording interrogation: pregnancy did not affect defendant's ability to understand what was going on
- Court excludes the testimony of Dr. Debra Davis on the issue of false confessions
- Does a request for a lawyer before Miranda warnings are given require the investigators to stop questioning the suspect?
- Statements to the defendant that his denials were "bullshit" and that he was "kind of screwed" and that he was "fucked" were not threats
- Ohio juvenile not statutorily entitled to counsel during an interrogation which occurs prior to invocation of court's jurisdiction
- Can a suspect who claims he was in the "midst of a psychotic break from reality" during the interrogation give a voluntary statement?
- Interrogator's "empathetic and caring demeanor" was not coercive
- Interrogator deception that "crosses the line"
- Fifth Miranda warning not required
- Police do not have to tell suspect defense counsel is present if suspect waived his rights
- The value of recording: examining the issue of mental illness on the admissibility of a confession
- Do statements such as, "these things happen, it is ok"; "we don't believe you had any intentions of doing it" and "a tragic accident occurred" offer a promise of leniency?
- Improper promise of leniency- treatment in lieu of jail
Click here for Legal Updates Winter 2013
01/09/2013||Two very informative fraud articles written by Charles Piper, Reid graduate and Certified in the Reid Technique (CRT)|
Mr. Charles Piper has written two excellent fraud articles for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners which we are linking to with their permissions:|
"10 popular health care provider fraud schemes" Jan/Feb 2013 Click here
"Finding the bid riggers: 12 red flags of contract and procurement fraud" July/Aug 2012 Click here
01/08/2013||New Article In Police Chief Magazine|
Police Chief magazine article entitled, "Garrity Warnings: To Give or Not to Give, That Is the Question"|
Click here for the article.
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