ACC AND FBI SHARE BEST PRACTICES IN PUBLIC CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS, LOBESA, MARCH 30-31, 2012
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) partnered on a 2-day law enforcement exchange that focused on interview, interrogation, and major case investigations. 36 ACC officers and 3 police officers participated in the program.
Some of the topics and practical exercises covered during the exchange were active listening, cognitive interview techniques, detection of deception, statement analysis, lawful interrogation, and the prevention of false confessions. Persuading witnesses to provide reliable information and getting offenders to voluntarily admit their participation in a crime requires a variety of skills and techniques that can be acquired through training and dedicated practice.
At the conclusion of the event, the FBI’s Attaché in India, Daniel C. Clegg, who led the discussion on interview and interrogation remarked: “I have seen case after case where rapport based interviews have helped investigators develop key details from witnesses, obtain admissions and confessions from offenders, corroborate evidence found at crime scenes, and exonerate those that were innocent. The interview and interrogation process used by the FBI is a rapport based approach that focuses on safeguarding the admissibility of witness statements and offender confessions, while preventing false confessions.”
This program is part of the Commission’s continuous effort towards building a strong and effective premier law enforcement agency.
Training on financial management, forensic accounting and fraud and corruption red flags will be conducted for investigators and auditors in Thimphu from April 9-11, 2012 by the World Bank (details in the subsequent release).