Interviewing Techniques for Bail Enforcement Agents By Joe Stiles

Coaxing useful information from human sources is an inexact science, requiring diplomacy, patience, and finesse.

A few tips on the art of asking, from a veteran bail enforcer:

When gathering data to track down a bail absconder, the investigator has a variety of tools at his disposal: Government and private databases, the interview form on the bail contract, social networking sites, and other sources of information can be useful in locating someone.

Sometimes, however, investigators must turn to the time-proven art of interviewing human sources. Whether it’s the skip’s family, neighbors, co-workers, or just casual acquaintances, many (if not most) of these people will possess some knowledge of the skip that the BEA will find useful. The trick is to extract that information and evaluate its usefulness later.

The first thing to remember when gathering information is that “more is always better.” If you find someone who’s willing to talk, let him talk. Too often, investigators undermine the interview in one of two ways: 1. by improperly phrasing a question, or 2. by  rushing through the question list instead of listening to the interviewee’s answers.

The Art of Asking

Instead of “yes or no” questions, ask open-ended questions that prompt the interviewee to answer more fully. For example, instead of “Have you seen John lately?” you might ask: “How long has it been since you’ve seen John?” Although the questions may seem similar, one requires a one-word answer, while the other opens the door to a variety of answers and encourages an interviewee to speak in complete sentences and perhaps establish a dialogue. Once you get a person talking, let him talk. Don’t get impatient, and don’t interrupt.

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