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date: 25 May 2020

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This chapter examines police interrogation law and practice in common law jurisdictions. It begins with an overview of police interrogation myths, with the objective of dispelling them by showing that interrogation law and practice are located in the broader fields of criminal process and investigative activity. It then reviews the literature on interrogation law and practice, along with the purposes, uses, and functions of interrogation. It also explores interrogation by other state agents and private parties operating at the edges of criminal process or beyond; the impact of miscarriages of justice, coerced confessions, wrongful convictions, and failed prosecutions on interrogation law and practice; electronic recording as a means of improving investigative performance; the Reid Technique of interviewing suspects; the use of the PEACE model in investigative interviewing; and the work of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) with respect to intelligence interrogation.

Keywords: police interrogation, common law jurisdictions, miscarriages of justice, electronic recording, Reid Technique, suspects, PEACE model, investigative interviewing, HIG, intelligence interrogation

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