How investigators can build rapport with sex offenders

Standard police interrogation tactics do not work with sex offenders

By Mark Munro, P1 Contributor

As a large portion of sexual assault cases often have no physical evidence, the offender interview can be the most important component of an investigation.

The most overlooked portion of the offender interview is the rapport-building process. While some investigators consider this time wasted between Miranda Rights and a confession, rapport building can improve sex offender confession rates, reduce the effectiveness of the defense attorney's strategies and provide a wealth of useful information.

Rapport is defined as a harmonious, empathetic or sympathetic relation or connection to another self. [1] Using this definition to explain the connection between investigator and suspect may seem a bit of a stretch.

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