FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing

3 credits

This course examines how to gather testimonial evidence by interviewing persons of interest and preparing reports of investigation and oral presentations. Students will learn about the importance of planning thoroughly before conducting interviews by carrying out preliminary research into the interviewee's personal history and background. Background research will include employment, education, financial, and criminal records. Legal issues regarding gathering, maintaining and disclosing information obtained during the investigation will be presented as well as the law controlling self-incrimination and providing warnings during interviews. Students will learn to differentiate various types of interviewing including interviewing witnesses, hostile witnesses, and subjects of investigations. Students will prepare reports using analysis and analytical techniques and turn facts into coherent, defensible conclusions.

Prerequisite(s): FSCOR 601.