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Scenario: Probation Officer Interrogation or Interview

Now that you are familiar with interview and interrogation techniques, discuss the following:

You are a probation officer who was conducting a home visit for probationer Bobby Jean. You walk up to the door, she answers, and you notice a bag of marijuana sitting on the kitchen table. She promises that it is not hers. You provide her with a urine screen and it is clean.

Based on the above scenario, please respond to the following questions:

What would you do?
Would this scenario lead you into an interrogation or an interview? Why?
What are the seven essential interview skills that a criminal justice professional must possess?

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What would you do?

I would review the policies and conditions of her parole to determine if she were able to legally be in the presence of drugs or alcohol. Some probationary terms require that the defendant refrain from being near anyone or any place that serves alcohol if they are on probation for this offense, and obviously any illegal drugs are prohibited. The caveat to my decision would be that if she were on probation for alcohol and I saw a marijuana bag on the shelf, I may allow for her defense to be sufficed. If she were on probation for marijuana, this would ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides a hypothetical scenario that requires a probation officer to decide whether to revoke a probationers probation in lieu of finding marijuana at the persons' residence.