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Essentials of the Reid Technique: Criminal Interrogation and Confessions Paperback – Aug 2 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (Aug. 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763727288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763727284
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.3 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book should be mandatory for every precocious boy before he turns 16. This is the current edition of the manual used by police all over North America and provides a proven technique to get people to confess under interrogation. The book tells you on every second page that this is NOT true: that the goal is not to get a confession, but to get at The Truth. Methinks they protest too much. Confession is DEFINITELY the goal and the process rarely ends without getting one. It is astounding what police are allowed to do: lying, stress techniques, false lie-detector results, threats, withholding of food, water and bathroom "privileges"...legally! This technique has been used by city cops, the FBI, etc. for half a century. It had to be modified and rewritten in 1962 to accommodate those pesky Miranda Rights! Read this for your own survival. MIND-BLOWING to anyone who believes they live in a democracy that protects them.
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The Essentials of the Reid Technique are taught around the world to law enforcement officers, etc. Great book with helpful techniques, even though some of his techniques are now being proven wrong, such as the eyes never lie. According to Scientific America, and others, there is no way to tell if someone is lying by their eye movements.
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This book is a must have for anyone in criminal justice or security training. It is the standard book for interrogation and interview procedures
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3f51330) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0xa416d5d0) out of 5 stars Useful Resource Sept. 24 2005
By Curt O. McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a school administrator, I find the information on interviewing and interrogation helpful in getting to the bottom of issues I previously have not been able to solve. The questioning techniques and the observation of behaviors presented in this book enable me to allow my students to tell the truth and help to solve their own issues. The resolution of these issues and the breaking down of lies and cover-up behavior is the first step to helping students make better decisions. This book is an invaluable resource in that regard.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4095390) out of 5 stars Gold Standard of this Field! April 2 2007
By whatupseattle - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this for a training manual for my new hires as private investigators, it is hands down one of the best books ever written on interviewing and interrogation techniques. Even the experienced people were raving about the information in it. Can't ask for better than that!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4010da4) out of 5 stars Good Review May 31 2008
By Rob & Mel - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Essentials of the Reid Technique," is just that...the essentials. This book gives a down and dirty review of the techniques used to interview and interrogate crime suspects. It's easy to read and understand and is a good refresher for those who have taken the Reid course.
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HASH(0xa41710f0) out of 5 stars A must read for Detective work Jan. 27 2010
By Sean J. Kessel - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this is a watered down version of the Reid Technique program it is still well worth the money. The subjects that are covered are very well done considering the length of the chapters. If you are entertaining the idea of paying to go to the full blown class but your not quite sure than buy this book to build up your appetite.
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HASH(0xa450421c) out of 5 stars Educational and Reassuring June 5 2011
By Sacornus - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because of the controversies surrounding police interrogations. After reading this book I feel that my confidence has been restored into the practice of these techniques. As mentioned in the back of the book- most false confessions are drawn through illegal techniques, pushing juveniles too hard, or the the more mentally fragile nature of those with low I.Q or questionable mental health history. False confessions will always rare, and most confessors are indeed guilty. In fact, confessions are not always used in court- the act of confessing brings more evidence to light for the police who can use that to prosecute and not overly rely on a confession.

I can see however- for minor infractions especially- that those with previous criminal histories are more likely to confess to a crime they did not commit because they would feel their record or lack of a solid alibi would be enough for a jury to believe.

This book has gotten me very interested in interrogations. I feel that should I ever end up in the hot seat- I would know what would be happening. Hopefully, I'll never commit a crime and actually be guilty! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in police interrogation- especially lay people.


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