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  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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This article illuminates some of the discrepancies between the actual practice of police interrogations and the recommendations in police manuals. What appears to have a significant effect on the interrogations is the practice of typing the records while conducting the interrogation. The resulting question-answer-typing format favours some interrogation and recording techniques over others. Open questions may be good for eliciting the suspect's "own words", but they are difficult to combine with recording practices. Closed questions and summaries are easier to combine with recording practices, but they tend to result in the recording of the interrogator's words. These interrelations between the typing and the talk in the interrogations are overlooked in the manuals. An understanding of these interrelations can clarify the differences between the talk in the interrogations and the text of the police records.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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