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Interviewing Suspects


Content Provider:
Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP)


Length (in hours)
1 hour

Release Date
June 2021

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In many cases, the successful outcome of your investigation may depend on the success or failure of the interview with your suspect. Therefore, developing your knowledge and skills to interview suspects is very important.

This module will provide you with a process that you can employ when interviewing suspects. By properly applying this process, you will be more successful in obtaining critical information from the suspects you interview.

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Identify that obtaining information is the primary focus of a structured interview.
  • Articulate how tunnel vision can hinder an investigation.
  • Apply the stages in the structured interview process.
  • Acknowledge the flexibility required to obtain information from a suspect during the structured interview process.
  • Demonstrate the proper procedure when conducting a Charter and Caution.
  • Recognize that interviews can take place in a variety of locations.
  • Conduct an interview following a proper structure.
  • Apply the structured interview process to gain the suspect’s trust.
  • Apply the structured interview process to better understand the suspect.
  • Apply the structured interview process to obtain commitment from the suspect.
  • Prepare for the interview by considering any variables that may have occurred during the incident.
  • Recognize the importance of introducing yourself to the suspect in a professional manner.
  • Recognize the need to explain to the suspect why they are being interviewed and what they can expect during the interview.

This course is part of the Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) Level 200.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Government and Other First Responders


It is recommended that learners have a minimum of 18 months service as a serving police or peace officer before taking this course and have completed Interviewing Victims and Witnesses (Parts I and II) .

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP).