Interviewing Skills for Law Enforcement


finance-non-financeDesigned to enhance the skills of law enforcement, protective services, security personnel, legal professionals and others as they conduct interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects, this training will provide an arsenal of methods and skills to use during the course of various interview and interrogation situations. These skills will help better prepare participants for real world cases.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their skills through instructor lead exercises, as well as an interviewing lab designed to fully utilise the skills acquired during the training as they develop a best practice methodology to improve the quality and quantity of information gathered during routine interviews and intense interrogations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this four-day workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Analyse factual information prior to the interview through statement analysis.
  • Identify linguistic styles.
  • Ask behaviour-provoking questions.
  • Ask the alternative question to get the first admission.
  • Assess the completeness and consistency of information.
  • Assess the credibility of information.
  • Assess the effectiveness of questioning techniques.
  • Conduct structured interviews.
  • Decode body language and other non-verbal gestures.
  • Design results-driven steps to conduct efficient and effective interviews and interrogations.
  • Detect accurate from inaccurate information.
  • Detect deception through verbal and nonverbal observations of others.
  • Develop rapport with a subject within the parameters of ethical boundaries.
  • Employ ethical baiting techniques and steer clear of entrapment.
  • Employ information-gathering methods of interviewing.
  • Evaluate attitudes.
  • Evaluate the credibility of a story.
  • Evaluate verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Obtain a full confession from a subject.
  • Recognise the most subtle verbal and non-verbal admissions, reward it, and turn it into a confession.
  • Use instructive topics to develop an interview strategy.

Programme Outline

This 4 day training workshop will focus on four broad areas:

  • Advanced evidence and theme presentation
  • Behaviour symptom analysis
  • Characteristics of an effective interviewer
  • Countering interviewee questions
  • Determining the sequence of interviews
  • Distinction between interview and interrogations
  • Evaluating the credibility of a story
  • Eye accessing cues and behavioral baselines
  • Factors that can influence a subject’s behaviour
  • Handling denials
  • Identifying appropriate investigative questions
  • Interrogation case study
  • Interrogation laboratory
  • Interviewing strength and weakness
  • Interviewing with attorneys present
  • Obtaining a detailed written statement
  • Planning the interview-fact analysis
  • Proper room setting (including with a third party present)
  • Question types to elicit admissions
  • Rapport strategies
  • Recorded interviews
  • Subject elimination interviews
  • The behaviour model of the deceptive individual
  • The behaviour model of the truthful individual
  • The goals of the interview process
  • The rules to follow in evaluating a subject’s behaviour
  • Theories and methods of interrogations

Target Audience

This workshop is ideal for law enforcement, corrections and security professionals.

Deliver Methodology

The subject matter will be presented using a variety of interactive learning tools. However, most of the information and material will be delivered verbally (lectures) and visually (PowerPoint). Training consists of concise briefings on best practice, backed up by interactive learning activities like role-plays, case study analysis, coaching, brainstorms and structured group discussions.

Facilitator's Bio-Sketch: Reneé Cummings

Renée Cummings is a criminologist, criminal psychologist, rehabilitation specialist, substance abuse therapist and journalist. Uniquely qualified with a broad knowledge base, her training and experience can be cross referenced with all aspects of criminal justice and therapeutic jurisprudence. She holds an MA in Criminal Justice, MA certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an MS in Education/MSEd in Rehabilitation Counselling. She also holds a triple Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Politics, Philosophy and Media Studies with a minor in Creative Writing.

Ms. Cummings has a broad depth of expertise and experience in proactive crime control, crime prevention and violence reduction. Possessing a hybrid knowledge base, she offers a strategic and systematic approach to best practice criminal justice interventions; evidence - based crime control and crime prevention; designing, developing, and implementing policies that work simultaneously across multiple environments and contexts.
Ms. Cummings specialises in audit, planning and delivery of coordinated criminal justice interventions and responses. She understands and promotes the importance of cross-wiring for criminal justice solutions and knows how to successfully mobilise inter-agency and cross- jurisdiction cooperation. Criminal justice intelligence is what she delivers; assisting governments and organisations in building worldwide links to strengthen crime prevention; incorporating new technologies in existing crime prevention strategies; developing behaviour and hardware strategies that interlink to reduce vulnerabilities; tailoring more proactive approaches to crime control and crime prevention.

Criminal profiling and behaviour analysis, crime scene investigation, juvenile delinquency prevention and juvenile justice, investigative interviewing, investigative psychology, violent offender investigation, victimology, child abuse investigation, prevention and child protection, school violence prevention and school safety, and domestic violence prevention are additional areas of expertise. Community policing, drug cartels, enforcement and interdiction, kidnapping and rapid response units, organised crime, retailing deterrence, crime mapping, law enforcement, leadership training for law enforcement professionals, police reform, police use of force, police science, evaluating police performance, early warning interventions, and other contemporary issues in policing are all areas of specialisation. But her training as a criminologist also extends to brain-friendly corrections, rehabilitation, re-entry, restorative justice and recidivism.

A university lecturer and celebrated as a master media communicator and expert trainer, this award winning international journalist is revered as a media icon. A television and radio personality, she has spent the last 25 years in public life and facilitates best practice media and professional communication skills training. A litigation PR specialist, she also offers strategic support in crisis communication; issues management, scenario planning and stakeholder engagement; delivering direct communications and spokesperson assistance to organisations internationally.


Date November 17th - 20th 2014 - View Event Calendar
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 2 Days
Cost TT $5,000.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Shadeed Ali ext. 328
Umesh Sookoo ext 367



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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