While advances in modern technology have increased law enforcement’s forensic ability to solve crimes, a police officer’s ability to talk to a suspect in a Constitutionally appropriate manner is no less important now than ever.
Whether on the street, in a private residence, or at the station, the circumstances behind interviews and interrogations are heavily scrutinized and often end up the subject of motions to suppress and other court hearings.
This class reviews Constitutional considerations involved in talking to citizens, witnesses, or suspects for the purposes of gathering evidence, in a variety of circumstances. This includes a review of the appropriate law about: field and station interviews, interrogations, admissions, confessions, consent, voluntariness, custody, Miranda, and more.
Furthermore, we discuss the relevant federal and Maine case law and apply it to common patrol experiences.
We will conclude the day with actual interview exercises and practical scenarios for officers to work through.
Bangor Police Department
240 Main Street