Cop Talk Live!
Dear Officer Friendly,
Do police officers refer to each other as “cops”? Would they say
something like, “He’s not much of a cop” or “He’s a good cop”?
Yes, cops will refer to each other as cops.
Is the interrogation of a suspect done similarly to how it appears on TV
shows such as CSI?
Because of show time restraints, the interrogations you see on TV are compressed into about 90 seconds. In real life it can take hours. Here is an example of what takes place, the why’s and the how’s.
I always got all of my ducks in a row before interviewing the suspect. I would take a statement from the victim as well as any witnesses to the crime. I would also check with the Crime Scene Technician (CST), to see if there was any additional info they could provide as well as observing the scene first hand for myself. At this point I should have a pretty good idea of what took place. I would also take a folder filled with papers into the interview to make it look like a lot of work had been done and would draw statements from that folder to give the impression that it was the working file.
In an interview you want one of two things to happen: First, to get a confession so as to get a conviction. Second, if you can’t get the confession, get a really good lie that the D.A. can tear apart in court and get the suspect to sign it, or commit to it as the truth. Then, confront the suspect with your evidence and give him/her the opportunity to change their statement to the truth which brings us back to our first goal of a confession.
Actual case: An under aged teenage girl had been having sex with a 32 year old male bartender. They had a fight and he struck her in front of witnesses. Her father found out about the sex and called the cops. The girl had kept a diary of her sex meetings and told me of the two locations where they had met. One was an abandoned house he used to live in and the other was the boat of one of his friends.
The interview: I got the suspect to meet me at the station under the premise of discussing the hitting incident. I got him to talk about his old residence and the boat that he was now living on to verify her info. I also got him to state that the girl had never been to either with him. We talked about the hitting incident and I got all of this on paper which he signed including a diagram of the boat. Then I confronted him with the sex and her statement describing in detail the old house and the boat. He was panicked. We went outside for a smoke. When we came back in I again confronted him with all my info and told him how stupid he was going to look in court with this signed false statement. He gave me a full confession. I arrested him and upon booking found a bag of meth in his pocket. This guy had “IDIOT” stamped on his forehead. The whole process of this interview took me about three hours.