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The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Advanced Interrogation Techniques

This new 4-day format includes the material from our 3-day Interview and Interrogation program as well as our 1-day Advanced program. This is the most complete program available regarding the Reid Technique.


  • Interview and Interrogation Preparation
  • Distinction Between an Interview and Interrogation
  • Proper Room Environment
  • Factors Affecting the Subject's Behavior


  • Evaluating Attitudes
  • Evaluating Nonverbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Verbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Paralinguistic Behavior


  • The Benefits of Conducting the interview prior to any interrogation
  • Analyzing Factual Information Prior to the Interview
  • Reid Behavior Provoking Questions
  • The Baiting Technique
  • Asking Investigative Questions
  • Asking Hypothetical Questions


  • Preparation prior to the interrogation
  • Assessing the Suspect's Fears prior to the interrogation


  • Step 1: The Positive Confrontation Benefit of the Transition Statement
  • Step 2: Theme Development First Person Themes Third Person Themes and Personal Stories Identifying the suspect's Needs for committing the crime
  • Step 3: Handling Denials Addressing Suspect Challenges Addressing the Suspects Request to see evidence Introducing Evidence Tactics to gain trust Tactics to change the suspect's perception
  • Step 4: Overcoming Objections Handling Logical Challenges
  • Step 5: Procurement and Retention of the Suspect's Attention Use of Role Reversal Challenging the Suspect's Values and Traits Addressing the Suspect's Fear of Consequences Addressing the Futility of continued denials
  • Step 6: Handling Suspect's Passive Mood Having the suspect verbalize agreement
  • Step 7: Presenting the Alternative Question Understanding the Alternative Using Positive and Negative Supporting Statements
  • Step 8: Having the Suspect Orally Relate the Details of the Crime Committing the Suspect to the crime Guard Against False Confessions
  • Step 9: Elements of Oral and Written Statements

Benefits of Attending

Some of the many benefits realized by individuals who attend a REID® training program include learning a time tested process

  • that is in compliance with the guidelines established by the courts
  • that respects the rights and dignity of the individual
  • that is flexible, adaptable and versatile so as to meet the challenges of an ever changing environment
  • that will increase your ability to successfully resolve a wide variety of investigations
  • that will enhance your ability to eliminate the truthful and identify the deceptive individual
  • that has built in safeguards to protect the integrity of the confession
  • that will significantly enhance your interviewing and interrogation skills

    Individuals who attend a REID® training course will learn how to

    • assess the credibility of the information provided by a victim, witness or subject during the investigative interview
    • structure the investigative interview
    • solicit the subject’s story, version of events, or explanation of what happened by using open-ended questions
    • determine the appropriate follow-up questions
    • properly phrase the investigative questions
    • use behavior provoking questions during the interview
    • use persuasion techniques to learn the truth from the deceptive individual
    • to determine the best persuasion approach to use as based on subject insights developed during the interview
    • evaluate and implement from a variety of approaches the most effective as determined by the individual and case characteristics

    From recent participants:

    "Just a little info - I have 37 years law enforcement experience...retired Chief from Burnsville MN. I also served as an Assistant Commissioner at the MN Department of Public Safety for 3.5 years. My feedback would be..."Whether you are a 2 year frontline officer, or seasoned veteran of 20+ years, the skills and techniques that you acquire through the John E. Reid Courses are priceless. I used them through my entire 37 year career!"

    Bob Hawkins
    Continuing Education Coordinator
    Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training

    At every course we typically hear such comments as:

    “I wish I had this course a few months ago….”
    “I can’t wait to get back and try these techniques”
    “This is so much more in depth than any interview training I have been to”

    If you are interested in hosting this four-day training program for your organization or association, please contact Julie Rock / 855-479-3959 /