Several times a year, Private Investigators get to go back to school and keep up with their education.
This weekend was my turn as I attended the 2016 Florida Association on Licensed Investigators (FALI) Conference held in Tampa. One of the courses was an eight hours devoted on how to conduct interviews.
Learning about Forensic Interview techniques.
This is a common need for legal support work. We learned all about the proper way to do this, and how to get as much out of the interview as possible. Also, we were taught that if the interviewer does not do a good job, it could really hurt the case when it gets to court. So, knowing all about the interview process is a very important skill to have tucked away in your tool box.
There is a lot more to doing this than what you would think, and it is such an important part of what we do. It was a very long time to sit on such hard seats in a cold room, but when it was all done, I would say that it was well worth it all. This instruction will last a long time and I am sure I will be reviewing the textbook over and over again.