This 4-day format combines the material from our 3-day Interview and Interrogation program and 1-day Advanced program.


  • Interview and Interrogation Preparation
  • Distinction Between a Non-Confrontational Interview and Interrogation
  • Proper Room Arrangement
  • Factors Affecting the Subject's Behavior


  • Attitudes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Paralinguistic Behavior


  • The Benefits of Conducting the Non-Confrontational interview prior to any interrogation
  • Analyzing Factual Information
  • Reid Behavior Provoking Questions
  • The Baiting Technique
  • Investigative Questions
  • Hypothetical Questions
  • Assessing the subject’s concerns

THE INTERROGATION – Developing the truth

  • Preparation prior to the interrogation – how to use the information developed during the interview to determine the most effective interrogation strategy
  • Assessing the Suspect's Fears, Rationalizations and Objections 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
    How to move past Denials
    Addressing Suspect Challenges
    Addressing the Suspect’s 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
    Safeguards to protect the integrity of the confession
  • 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 has evolved and adapted to changing social attitudes
  • 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 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 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 /