The Reid course a technique of preparation of children for school is a method of questioning suspects to try to assess their credibility, developed by consultant and polygraph expert John Reid. 500,000 by the state of Nebraska in compensation for his wrongful conviction.
Individuals should only be interrogated when the information developed from the interview and investigation indicate that the subject is involved in the commission of the crime. In the Reid technique, interrogation is an accusatory process in which the investigator tells the suspect that the results of the investigation clearly indicate that they did commit the crime in question. The interrogation is in the form of a monologue presented by the investigator rather than a question and answer format. The demeanor of the investigator during the course of an interrogation is ideally understanding, patient, and non-demeaning. For example, an admission of guilt might be prompted by the question, “Did you plan this out or did it just happen on the spur of the moment? This is called an alternative question which is based on an implicit assumption of guilt.
The subject, of course, always has a third choice which is to deny any involvement at all. Advise the suspect that the evidence has led the police to the individual as a suspect. Offer the person an early opportunity to explain why the offense took place. Try to shift the blame away from the suspect to some other person or set of circumstances that prompted the suspect to commit the crime. That is, develop themes containing reasons that will psychologically justify or excuse the crime.