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Internal Investigations 101: Different Approaches to Interviewing Targets/Suspects, Part II

An internal investigation is an important mechanism an organization can use to address an allegation of wrongdoing, determine legal liability, identify individuals or parties with culpability, comply with regulatory requirements, develop corrective measures and enhance operational efficiencies. Buckner is pleased to continue its blog series highlighting best practices, strategies and techniques that can be used by organizational leaders and counsel during an internal investigation. Today’s post will continue our discussion on several methods to approach an investigation target. The next method is the “indirect” approach. As outlined in an online article, “Private Investigation: Interrogation Approaches and Tactics”, an investigator uses the indirect approach “when interrogating a suspect whose guilt is questionable” and involves questioning “designed to establish a detailed account of the suspect’s activities prior to, during, and after the offense occurred”. An investigator should use known facts to develop questions “to test the suspect’s reactions”. Further, an investigator can suggest a target/accuser’s guilt if he or she provide false or misleading information regarding a known or established fact.

Source: “Private Investigation: Interrogation Approaches and Tactics”, Learning Shop USA, available at: http://learningshopusa.com/private-investigation-interrogation-approaches-and-tactics-2.

Contact attorney Michael L. Buckner (+1-954-941-1844; mbuckner@bucknersportslaw.com) for additional information on conducting internal investigations and intelligence-gathering.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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