Specialisation Courses

Course in Communication Techniques Applied to Investigation (Police Statements)

Competences and techniques for effectively conducting interviews, taking statements from witnesses and victims, and interrogating suspects

  • UAB Specialisation Course
  • Code: 3451/19
  • 19th edition
  • Modality: Blended
  • Credits: 2 ECTS
  • Start date: 02/10/2024
  • Finish date: 30/10/2024
  • Places: 21
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 160 €
  • Special price 130 €
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  • Teaching language: Catalan (50%), Spanish (50%)
  • Location: FUAB Formació. Prevenció i Seguretat Integral, Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)

Police and private security officers' handling of statement-taking and interviews with crime victims, witnesses and suspects is generally a critical element in investigations. Although conventional procedures are applied in such situations, there is a lack of systematic studies on statement-taking techniques. 

To be effective in their work, police and security officers need to master certain techniques that go beyond mere experience or intuition, to conduct interviews effectively and detect possible deceptive behaviours. 

This course includes demonstrations of statement-taking techniques in line with the training system used by the National Academy of the FBI. 


Module 1 Introduction.

Module 2 Legislation.

Module 3 Theoretical Aspects.
Interview Techniques .
- Active listening .
- Risks in the interview.
- The myths of statements.
- Specific techniques for interviews and statements.
“Deduction funnel” technique.
Structure of victim statements and testimony according to the “deduction funnel” technique.
Structure of suspect interviews according to the “deduction funnel” technique.
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).
Application of NLP to witness statements.
- Cognitive interviewingt echniques.
Application of CI to witness statements.
Statements as a communication process.

Lie detection techniques.
- Motives for lying.
- Types of lies.
- Classification of liars according to DSM IV.
- Non-verbal behaviour in the deceit process.
- Verbal behaviour in the deceit process.
- Application of specific techniques to detect deceptive behaviour during interviews with suspects.

- Factors that justify a confession.
- Stages and basic rules of conducting an interrogation.

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