Ask Me Anything: about Investigative and Inductive Interviewing

Ask Me Anything: about Investigative and Inductive Interviewing
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2024-03-05
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The Inductive Interview System was developed in an attempt to have an effective interviewing process for law enforcement that reduces common pitfalls from previous approaches. After numerous Justice Clearinghouse presentations on this innovative approach to law enforcement interviews, Ray Nash is back to provide clarifications and answer questions.

Ray Nash has a prolific four-decade law enforcement career having worked as a police dispatcher, patrolman, street supervisor, all the way to police chief and elected sheriff. He is currently the CEO and founder of the Police Dynamics Institute which exclusively offers training and certification on the Inductive Interview System.

Points covered in this Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session include:

  • A brief overview of the Inductive Interview System, the phases within its framework, and its non-linear, non-coercive nature that follows the natural flow of conversations facilitating better and more accurate collection of information.
  • Gaining clarification when the interviewee is giving contradictory information through paraphrasing.
  • Limits on questions that can be asked based on the nature of the case and ways to improve how questions are asked.
  • Building rapport to obtain critical information from a behavioral health perspective by focusing on the objectives of rapport building and utilizing transition and the ask-follow up-offer technique.
  • Drawing a line on what can be shared with the interviewee during the rapport-building phase.
  • Comparing and contrasting inductive interviewing from forensic interviewing and the Reid Method based on…
    • The characteristics of the different approaches.
    • The likelihood of producing false confessions.
    • The progression of the steps/phases of the interview approaches.
  • How the inductive interview system may change based on whether the person being interviewed is a suspect, a victim, or a witness.
  • Gaining control of the conversation when the interviewee is trying to manipulate and dominate it.
  • How asking a catch-all question and recording interviews facilitates more information gathering if the interviewee continues to talk beyond the primary interview agenda.
  • The concept of guilt transfer, how this can be leveraged to prompt disclosure from the perpetrator, and how to ensure admissibility in court of statements obtained through guilt transfer.
  • Best practices when recording interviews.
  • Softening paraphrases if the interviewee is struggling with mental health issues.
  • Applying inductive interviews in different circumstances and populations as:
    • Animal cruelty cases
    • 911 calls and dispatch
    • Criminal justice interactions outside of interview rooms
    • Children, vulnerable persons, or someone on the autism spectrum.
  • How to apply the inductive interview system even after a subject invoked Miranda Rights.
  • Areas to prepare prior to conducting an inductive interview to ensure the effectiveness of the process.


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