Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (122 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Police Science or Law Enforcement


The course objective is to explore policing techniques and tactics used to combat and prevent crime. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and working skills involved in the art of interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, and the relevant legal parameters that must be followed during field procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Formulate a list of questions that can be used in purposeful interrogation
  • Identify the steps in the interview process
  • Compare the traditional interview method with the cognitive interview method
  • Identify the constitutional and legal considerations that must be made during a criminal interrogation
  • Using case studies, analyze the techniques used by officers in obtaining a confession and make suggestions for improvement
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to describe the personal qualities that affect the interview process
  • Research, using articles from the internet, and describe how to successfully interview and interrogate witnesses
  • Differentiate an interview from an interrogation
  • And describe interview approaches for special populations

General Course Topics:

  • Defining interviews, interrogation, and communication
  • Phases of interviews and types of questions
  • Interview approaches and detection of deceit
  • Techniques and memory enhancement
  • Behavioral interviewing and interrogation techniques
  • Interviewing children
  • Interviewing elders
  • Interviewing the mentally ill
  • Obtaining a confession
  • The interrogation process
  • Techniques for interrogation
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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