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Essentials Of The Reid Technique: Criminal Interrogation And Confessions (Criminal Justice Illuminated) [Paperback]

by Fred E. Inbau, John E. Reid, Joseph P. Buckley, Brian C. Jayne
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Book Description

August 2, 2004 0763727288 978-0763727284 1
Essentials of the Reid Technique teaches readers how to spot and interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors of both deceptive and truthful people, and how to move toward obtaining solid confessions from guilty persons. The Reid Technique is built around basic psychological principles and presents interrogation as an easily understood nine-step process. Separated into two parts: What You Need to Know About Interrogation and Employing the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation, this book will help readers understand the effective and proper way that a suspect should be interrogated and the safeguards that should be in place to ensure the integrity of the confession.

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Product Details

  • Series: Criminal Justice Illuminated
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763727288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763727284
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Resource September 24, 2005
As a school administrator, I find the information on interviewing and interrogation helpful in getting to the bottom of issues I previously have not been able to solve. The questioning techniques and the observation of behaviors presented in this book enable me to allow my students to tell the truth and help to solve their own issues. The resolution of these issues and the breaking down of lies and cover-up behavior is the first step to helping students make better decisions. This book is an invaluable resource in that regard.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just the best for cops, but for any of us... November 4, 2006
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If you cannot afford the expensive course given by Reid, or your agency is too "thrifty" to spend the money to send you, this book will give you a thorough overview. The technique is explained very well in two sections- the first part provides a synopsis of interview and interrogation essentials in some detail. Distinctions between Inerviews and Interrogations; Obtaining facts; the Interview Room; Investigator Attitude; Starting Interviews; Formulating Questions; Behavioral Analysis of Truthful and Untruthful Subjects. The second part explains the nine-step technique Reid has developed and perfected over years of use by many agencies. Written for a general reader, the writing avoids legalese and is well illustrated. Highly recommended!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Standard of this Field! April 2, 2007
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I used this for a training manual for my new hires as private investigators, it is hands down one of the best books ever written on interviewing and interrogation techniques. Even the experienced people were raving about the information in it. Can't ask for better than that!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Review May 31, 2008
By Robert
"The Essentials of the Reid Technique," is just that...the essentials. This book gives a down and dirty review of the techniques used to interview and interrogate crime suspects. It's easy to read and understand and is a good refresher for those who have taken the Reid course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Detective work January 27, 2010
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Even though this is a watered down version of the Reid Technique program it is still well worth the money. The subjects that are covered are very well done considering the length of the chapters. If you are entertaining the idea of paying to go to the full blown class but your not quite sure than buy this book to build up your appetite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buy it. I learn a lot from this book. It's organized by chapters, each on a set topic. It's a good reference. 5 years from now you can open the book, flip to your section of interest and read the tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for secondary educators and administrators August 3, 2011
High school teachers and administrators should read this book. It is very helpful in discussing how to conduct an investigation, interviewing tactics, and ways to get at the truth. The hardest part of an investigation is to distinguish truth from fiction and this book gives numerous helpful suggestions on how to do this. I wish I had read this earlier!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Reassuring June 5, 2011
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I bought this book because of the controversies surrounding police interrogations. After reading this book I feel that my confidence has been restored into the practice of these techniques. As mentioned in the back of the book- most false confessions are drawn through illegal techniques, pushing juveniles too hard, or the the more mentally fragile nature of those with low I.Q or questionable mental health history. False confessions will always rare, and most confessors are indeed guilty. In fact, confessions are not always used in court- the act of confessing brings more evidence to light for the police who can use that to prosecute and not overly rely on a confession.

I can see however- for minor infractions especially- that those with previous criminal histories are more likely to confess to a crime they did not commit because they would feel their record or lack of a solid alibi would be enough for a jury to believe.

This book has gotten me very interested in interrogations. I feel that should I ever end up in the hot seat- I would know what would be happening. Hopefully, I'll never commit a crime and actually be guilty! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in police interrogation- especially lay people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars needed it, it never arrived
cross examining in a double homicide I depended on the date of arrival... the jury deliberated and returned 9/3 for NOT guilty... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful insight
This is a no-nonsense instructional booklet that contains a lot of useful information for either practitioners or subjects of criminal interrogations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book
This is the best book regarding the interogation process using Reid Technique. Explains everything in detail and provides examples as well as steps and procedures in the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by GPC
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Cops, Everybody Can Benefit From This Book
Learn and master the techniques of the professional investigator/interrogator. No fluff or clutter just the facts. You too can play and win "stump the stars" when on the hot seat.
Published 15 months ago by Bill Baehr
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite as highly sophisticated techniques as claimed
I am no law enforcement pro, just someone with an interest in how the mind works. I had read of references to interrogation techniques but could not find any info on the net or in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and interesting.
We covered information from this book during one of the Police Citizens Academy classes I taught for the Lynnwood, WA Police Department. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trudy K. Dana
3.0 out of 5 stars The Flawed Technique
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to interrogate in the 'nice guy' fashion
This book provides all the necessary information on one of the most common forms of interview and interrogation used by law enforcement agencies. Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by Stuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary manipulative tactics
After reading this book I can see why a lot of people in prison are uneducated with mental issues. At first I used to think it was police racism but now I can see these tactics... Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by Cowboy Bebop
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