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Conducting Legal and Ethical Investigative Interviews (The New Paradigm)

John E. Grimes III, CFE, CFI is Keynote Speaker at Ijona skills. has over 45 years of law enforcement, a criminal investigation, loss prevention, fraud examination experience, and teaching experience. John began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore City Police Department where he became a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). John left Baltimore and became a Special Agent with the Amtrak Police Department Fraud and Organized Crime Unit and was later promoted to Captain of the CID. In 1993, John joined the Amtrak Office of Inspector General/Office of Investigations as........

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Investigators must obtain information to investigate. Often, the objective of an interview is to obtain an acknowledgement of something that is known to the interviewer; an admission of involvement in a matter under investigation, or a confession to being the perpetrator of a crime or serious violation. It is imperative that the interviewer obtains truthful information from an interviewee in a lawful and ethical manner.
The interviewer must be aware of current laws and regulations that govern interviews. The interviewer must also be aware of current trends and negative public opinion regarding interviewer tactics used to elicit information from an interviewee, even if the information is truthful. Truthful information that has been elicited by coercion or force can be invalidated and the interviewer can face serious consequences. The interviewer should be thinking forensically in that he or she must be prepared to articulate to a tribunal the method used to obtain information, including admissions and confessions from an interviewee.

Why should you attend?

If you conduct or supervise investigations, you need to be aware of the current laws and regulations that govern interviews in the public or private sector. In addition, you should be aware of specific rules that govern interviewing union employees.
This webinar will explore best interview practices in the search for truth, whether it is from witnesses, information providers, or suspects. You will learn how to avoid creating an interview environment that could subject you and your company to lawsuits or criminal sanctions for false imprisonment, assault, or obtaining a false confession.
By learning and following the guidelines and practices discussed in this webinar you will enhance your reputation as a professional interviewer. In addition, you will be more successful in achieving your interview objectives.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Best Practice Interview Guidelines
  • Interview vs. Interrogation (Eliminating the Negative Connotation of the word, "Interrogation")
  • Interviewing Public Sector Employees
  • Interviewing Union Employees
  • Interviewer Word Choices
  • Interview Room Setting
  • Interview Length
  • Eroding Public opinion/suspicion of interview methods 
  • Articulating interview methods
  • Seeking the truth
  • Using Deception to obtain the truth

Who can Benefit:

  • Fraud Examiners
  • Internal Investigators
  • Attorneys
  • External Auditors
  • Internal Auditors
  • Compliance and Ethics managers
  • Human Resources Personnel 
  • Security personnel
  • Loss Prevention personnel 
Webinar Id: ISHCJG010

Duration: 90 mins

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