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Does good cop/bad cop work?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2023 | Criminal Defense

We have all seen the police dramas on television and in the movies where the police use the classic good cop/bad cop interrogation technique. And, most people likely think they could notice when Indianapolis, Indiana, police officers used this interrogation technique and, as a result, it would not work. But, does the good cop/bad cop routine actually work?

New interrogation techniques

Interrogation academic research has shown that the good-cop routine alone nets law enforcement much better results. In fact, it can yield three to five times as much information. Researchers found that even though approximately 60% of people begin interrogations with honest and cooperative intentions, the moment harsh interrogation techniques are used, that goodwill vanished. As a result, more and more police training is encouraging rapport-building, or good-cop, interrogation techniques.

What this means for you

This means that, if you are being questioned by police in Marion County or the surrounding counties, your experience may feel pleasant. However, their goal is still the same, to either lock you up, or lock someone up whom you know or love. Everything you say to them can be used for this purpose, and even things you may feel do not matter could be misinterpreted or twisted into new meanings.

The best advice

Do not talk with the police. You do not have to, even if the police say that you do. The police lie, and those lies are not illegal, no matter what you have seen on television or in the movies. You have both the right to an Indianapolis Metro or surrounding area attorney and to not speak to the police.