Mutant City Blues - Manhattan
Interviews and Interrogation
Successful Interviews and Interrogations are the key to a high clearance rate. Scientific evidence may prove facts, but narratives win convictions.
The official policy of the department as to a suspect’s access to legal counsel is that we never discourage people of availing themselves of their legal rights.
HCIU Interview Principles
- Find and exploit your angle. It’s rarely in anyone’s interest to talk to the cops. You’re a con artist, selling a bill of goods. As you begin an interview with a resistant subject, your first step is to figure out what he wants. That’s your angle, usually exploitable through the use of an interpersonal ability. Work your angle to convince the subject that he can get what he wants by cooperating with you. When he buys in, you’ve got your opening. Take advantage of your opening to pry loose the information you seek.
- Never undercut your partner. Most interviews are tag-team affairs. Except when working an angle (like the classic good cop/bad cop stratagem), never block or negate a partner’s gambit. Instead, build on what he’s doing, even when you disagree with it, or sit back and let him make his play. If it blows up in his face, you can come back around to try a new angle. Otherwise you’re giving the subject the leverage to play you off against each other.
- Don’t sweat the occasional setback. As long as the witness is talking, you’re winning. In the typical interview, you don’t have much to lose. At worst, the subject will clam up entirely. Even if you feel a sense of embarrassment or temporarily lose control of the exchange, you still have a chance of moving it back in your direction.
- When in doubt, let the line go slack. If something goes wrong, turn it around and use it. You don’t have to control the interview or dominate the subject at all times. Often you can close your con by letting the subject feel that he is on top. Then pull the rug out from under him with new information or a sudden switch to hardball tactics. Comfortable or confident subjects blab. The more someone talks, the more likely he is to give himself away.
The EMAT Protocol (Emotional and Mental Alteration Testing)
Perpetrators otherwise lacking a viable defense often claim to have been acting under the influence of a mutant power. It is therefore incumbent on you as investigators to use the EMAT protocol early in any interrogation, to rule out this possibility.
The officer conducting the EMAT examination must tesitfy in court to it’s veracity, and should hone their communication skills accordingly.