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Benefits of Non-Verbal Communication in Law Enforcement

Resource: Ch. 4 in Effective Communication for Criminal Justice Professionals

Review the list of specific functions of nonverbal communication provided on pp. 68-69.
Explain how a probation officer or parole officer benefits from an understanding of nonverbal communications when interviewing an offender or parolee.
Include in your explanation a description of certain signs or behaviors that could "tip off"
an officer and indicate how the interviewer might respond and why.

Grubb, R. E. Jr., & Hemby, K. V.. (2003). Effective communication for criminal justice
professionals. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Group.

Please see attachment - Pages 68 69


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Dear student,
The solution is a little longer than what I wanted as the post asks for 'examples' from the passage. You can shorten these though by doing away with the quoted passages.

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Of Non-verbal Communication

Grubb & Hemby (2003) extol the virtues of non-verbal Communication to the criminal justice system as such -

"While understanding nonverbal communication can be important to the average individual, the criminal justice professional should learn to interpret body signals as a means of protection, self-preservation, and deception."

The cornerstone of the acquittal of OJ Simpson was via the rhetoric uttered by his defense counsel Cochran, ""If the glove doesn't fit, then you must acquit." Simpson then was made to 'put on the gloves' in front of the jury & the courtroom. While he could have just 'put 'em ...

Solution Summary

This solution explores the varied applications & benefits of non-verbal communication from probing deeper into uttered messages to the drama of body language in a courtroom. Using specific real-life example, particularly that of the OJ Simpson Trial, this solution seeks to explain why kinesics, the science of body language, is a part of law enforcement & criminal justice training.