The Flaws with Good Cop, Bad Cop and Why Rapport Gets Results (Part 1)

The Flaws with Good Cop, Bad Cop and Why Rapport Gets Results (Part 1)
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-06-18
Unit 1Presentation Materials: The Flaws with Good
Unit 2Transcript: The Flaws with Good
Unit 3Workbook: The Flaws with Good
Unit 4Recording: The Flaws with Good

Research has established that confession-centered interrogation techniques pose an unacceptable risk of producing a false confession.  The use of psychological manipulation, deception, false evidence ploys, and pseudoscientific “truth detection,” including assessing behavioral clues of deception, have all been shown to be both ineffective and more likely to produce unreliable statements.  Although there is significant evidence that the above techniques are deeply flawed, they are still part of many interview and interrogation curriculums.  Despite the prevalence of these techniques, there exists scant evidence of their ability to produce verifiable and reliable evidence.

In the alternative, there is growing recognition that science-based interviewing techniques are demonstrably more effective at obtaining information without false confessions.  Research funded by the US High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) has established that science-based interviewing techniques that employ rapport-based information-gathering approaches are effective at obtaining credible and actionable information and intelligence.   This webinar will introduce you to the ORBIT model of interviewing, developed by Laurence and Emily Alison, which is based on examination of the largest dataset in the world of real interviews. The model combines Humanistic therapeutic approaches with theories of personality and interpersonal relating to form a comprehensive interview/interrogation communication model.

False confessions result in the wrongful conviction of factually innocent individuals while allowing the actual perpetrator to evade justice.  DA Vern Pierson will discuss this in relation to the recent exoneration of Ricky Davis and the subsequent conviction of Michael Green which highlights the terrible injustice that can result from a false confession.


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