Course detail: Investigative Interviewing: A Science Supported Approach

Formerly: Science Based Interviewing

Course Description: 
This course will focus on providing law enforcement officers with the training needed to conduct evidence-based interviewing and interrogation techniques that are shown to produce more information. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of rapport, formulating effective questions, disclosure of evidence, and how to obtain more information. 

Core Competencies:
  • Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual, or as part of an investigatory team. 
  • Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater level of safety in a variety of environments, events and situations.
  • Participants will also act in ways that support the needs of the community and profession, while carrying out the responsibilities of an officer and a member of their respective community. 
Course Objectives: 
Participants will:
  • Learn evidence-based methods to obtain more information from victims, witnesses, & suspects.
  • Identify evidence-based methods to obtain greater rapport.
  • Identify active listening techniques and effective questioning.
  • Identify evidence disclosure methods for greatest impact. 
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Case Study
  • Practical Exercises 
Who Should Attend:
  • All Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Law Enforcement Only
Course Requirements:
  • 100% Attendance
  • 15+ Civilian Interview Rubric
 Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

This training is supported by the North Central Regional Planning Commission through its seven Homeland Security regions in Kansas, focusing on Combatting Violent Domestic Extremism. 

Available sessions