While advances in modern technology have increased law enforcement officer's forensic abilities, a police officer's ability to talk to a suspect, constitutionally appropriate manner, is equally valuable. Whether on the street, in a private residence or at the station, the circumstances behind interviews and interrogation are heavily scrutinized and often end up the subject of motions to suppress and other court hearings.
This class will review Constitutional consideration 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. We will 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 practice skills learned.