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Lesson #9: Interviewing in Drug Crimes

Category
Training Material
Subject
Policing

Description

Material for a 2-hour lesson, part of the Drug Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School

Subject
Policing
Target group
Law enforcement officers
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
drugs, interviewing, drug offences

Summary

Each type of interview and investigation requires a different approach. Special skills and techniques in special investigations are necessary. Investigation of narcotic crimes requires indeed special skills from the investigator and his team, which in heavy cases might work periods with covert methods of investigations. Traditional investigation in minor offences is very often the origin to serious crimes and heavy narcotic crimes. It is of great importance that the first part of the investigation is handled professionally because as told before this is a very important stage in the investigation.

Narcotic crimes today are very often linked up to organized crime and each and every crime related to narcotic crimes is linked to a criminal organisation. This highlights the presence of investigators with very good skills and good knowledge of the different measures of covert investigation as well as experience of traditional investigation.
This by the fact that the offenders/criminals in such crimes are very well experienced and rude criminals, who only take their orders from their organisation, and do not very often play along with the police. Such criminals are very often supported with good lawyers, who are paid by their organisation, and therefor it is of most importance to start and fulfil the investigation correctly at all times.

This lesson will provide the future drug combating KPS officers with some of the basic principles of investigating narcotic crimes, as well as they will be given a brief knowledge of the various methods of covert investigation and the preconditions for the use of the measures.

The goal of this lesson is to provide the KPS officers with the understanding of the importance of good interviewing skills and the importance of planning and preparation for an interview.

At the conclusion of this lesson, the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of planning and preparation before the interview.
  2. Describe the steps during interviewing an interviewee in drug investigation.
  3. List the seven (7) main elements/tasks in a narcotic crime statement.
  4. Explain how to end the statement at the end of interviewing.

Information

Added on
25 Jul 2002
Origin
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Target group
Law enforcement officers
Region
OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Serbia
Keywords
drugs, interviewing, drug offences
Rights
OSCE