Course Promo Video Transcript

Interview and Interrogation

(male voice) As a vital tool to those in public safety, communication provides the means to understand situations and thus gauge them effectively. No situation requires more wherewithal to practice efficient communication that in the interrogation process. This course is an introduction to the collection of reliable information through interview and interrogation. The material covered will foster an understanding of the process by which successful interrogations are conducted, as well as a variety of other key concepts, such as useful interviewing techniques, the legal constraints of confessions, and the recognition of deception in the interviewee. Once enrolled, you will have the opportunity to work with Scott Ervin. Combining his twenty years of experience as an industry professional and his graduate education in Criminology, Scott Ervin aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the course material in hopes of preparing you for your own professional career.

(male voice) Hello, I’m Scott Ervin, one of the instructors in the Public Safety and Security Degree Program at the FSU Panama City Campus. The course I will be teaching is CJE3613, Interview and Interrogation. Those in the field of public safety and security must be able to collect information from individuals, whether investigating criminal offenses, mediating disputes, or determining best practices when exposed to problem solving. Traditionally, the most used technique for obtaining information or evidence is the interviewer interrogation process. This course will examine and evaluate key concepts of differential techniques between interview and interrogation, explain behavioral symptom analysis, aspects of kinesics and verbalizations, as well as defining the legal constraints on confessions. Students will practice these techniques and strategies and learn how to obtain information by the formulation of proper questions, while integrating these fundamental concepts. Students will perform exercises to develop their abilities to analyze and synthesize information, determine motives, as well as begin to identify behavioral symptoms of deception and those which exonerate the innocent. They will then produce professional reports and understand the process of case preparation. Throughout the course, I will integrate my experiences and insight from my more than eighteen years within in the law enforcement profession. I have worked within patrol, criminal investigations, community services, training and recruitment, up to my current position as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Panama City Police Department. During my experiences, the ability to interview and interrogate has proved invaluable in the resolution of criminal cases, applicant background investigations, oral board interviews, administrative reviews of officer complaints, as well as working with the community to develop shared, reflective values. I will bring these experiences and case-specific examples to the classroom in order to effectively illustrate the concepts discussed in class, and in doing so will develop your abilities as a public safety and security professional.