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When conducting an interview, investigators are free to ask a wide range of questions in order to obtain material which may assist an investigation.

Investigators should recognise the positive impact of an early admission in the context of the criminal justice system.

Investigators are not bound to accept the first answer given. Questioning is not unfair merely because it is persistent.

Even when the right of silence is exercised by a suspect, investigators have a responsibility to put questions to them.

Principles of Investigative Interviewing:

The aim of investigative interviewing is to obtain accurate and reliable accounts from victims, witnesses or suspects about matters under police investigation.

Investigators must act fairly when questioning victims, witnesses or suspects. Vulnerable people must be treated with particular consideration at all times.

Investigative interviewing should be approached with an investigative mindset. Accounts obtained from the person who is being interviewed should always be tested against what the interviewer already knows or what can reasonably be established.

NPIA National Investigative Interviewing Strategy