Empathy Based Interrogation (EBI) is a philosophy that utilizes a personality-focused approach in a non-confrontational interview process. EBI is supported by research on the use of interrogation in intelligence and criminal justice communities. This method facilitates an understanding of the interviewee’s point of view, motivation for committing the offense, and the incentive for sharing accurate information with the interviewer. Once obtained, information can then be corroborated or refuted through the investigative process, reinforcing the idea that a confession is not the sole focus of a proper interview, but instead a by-product. This session will provide an overview of the EBI process.
Understand the importance of understanding the behavior and personalities of each subject being interviewed
Apply communication skills, grounded in empathy, to the interview process
Understand the importance of working with the prosecutor so that the interview can assist in the trial strategy of the case