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Forensic Questioning

When we are engaged in an interview we are in the business of establishing the truth.  (As the interviewee perceives it to be).  In order to obtain accurate and reliable information it is important that we do so by not corrupting the account by introducing information or leading the interview in anyway.  We do have to take our turn in the conversation but when we do so we have to minimise the risk of introducing information, or offering opinions.

The principle of effective forensic questioning follows Locards principle of exchange in forensic examination.   Locard's exchange principle states that "With contact between two items, there will be an exchange.  Every contact leaves a trace."

We will examine methods of questioning and conversation management which reduce the risk or trace in order to produce the finest forensic accounts for Court.


 1. Explain a structured order of questioning.

 2. Identify productive types of questioning.

 3. Identify weak questions.

 4. Follow a questioning funnel.


  • "Your analytical interview techniques and instruction are an important part of our training and truly demonstrate the value of your curriculum. Some of the students remarked that it was the best interview training they have attended." - A.J. Carrol, Asst. Chief Golden Gate Division, California Highway Patrol
  • "Enhanced the field agent's ability to recognize areas we should pursue when assessing the validity of individuals and information." - NCIX
  • "I want to take opportunity to thank you and your staff for the training you recently provided to this Agency's Security Protective Officers and the attendees from law enforcement agencies in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Institute's interview/ interrogation methodologies, combines with academic research presented by Dr. Mark Frank, and incorporated practical exercises were universally well received by the class participants."- James Kirkman, Chief Protective Programs Group, CIA

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