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Interrogation: Interview Room

Describe what one would find in an interview room. Why would these items be in that room? If there is another person in the room (officer witness), where should he or she sit? Can he or she ask questions? Where would you place the items in the room?

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1. Describe what one would find in an interview room. Why would these items be in that room?

· Table to write on or put tape recorder, drink of water, etc.
· Chairs are to sit on.

(b) Where would you place the items in the room?

The chairs of the interviewer should be separated by about four or five feet, directly facing each other, without anything, such as a desk, table or other object separating them. The chairs should be normal ones, like office chairs, without rollers and with straight backs to deter slouching, etc. In a non-custodial interview, the suspect's chair should be placed so s/he has access to the door (see figure 1 attached). Whenever possible, the seating should be such that the interviewer and the suspect are at the same eye level. The only difference between interview and interrogation is that an interview is conducted in a cordial atmosphere where a witness is more comfortable physically and psychologically. On the other hand, whenever a person is questioned in an uncomfortable atmosphere ...

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This solution describes what one would find in an interview room e.g. items in that room, where another person e.g. officer witness) should sit and whether or not she or he can also ask questions, and where the items would be placed in the room. Supplemented with an picture of the arrangement of the items in the interview room.

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