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                              CHAPTER XII

                           WITNESS INTERVIEW

INTRODUCTION:

     Interviewing the witnesses of an incident offers the CI agent the
opportunity of verifying information that is provided by another source. It
helps us clarify doubts that we may have about the truth of the information
collected.

GENERAL FACTS:

     1.    DETERMINE THE NEED TO HAVE A WITNESS INTERVIEW:

     a.    You must answer the incidents/activities and interview all the
existing witnesses, who were in the area where the incident occurred.

     b.    You must answer the tasks that are presented by the preliminary
sheet.

     2.    You must determine if the witness had personal knowledge of the
incident.

     3. Plan to carry out the interview in a quiet place, free of
interruptions.

     4.    Identify yourself to the witness and show the Official badge.

     5.    Identify the witness examining his badge and any other identity
card that he may have.

     6.    Try to win his trust and make him feel secure.

     7.    ASK PERMISSION FROM THE WITNESS TO USE A TAPE RECORDER DURING
THE
INTERVIEW. EXPLAIN THAT THE TAPE RECORDER WILL HELP YOU TO COMPLETE
THE
REPORTS MORE ADEQUATELY.

     8.    Turn on the tape recorder if the witness allows you.

     9.    Ask the witness to tell you his story.











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LN324-91 a. Take general (mental) notes about the information brought by the witness. b. Take detailed notes of the unclear or doubtful areas to develop them later in more fully. 10. GO OVER THE STORY WITH THE WITNESS: a. Discuss the story with the source in detail, covering all outstanding points. b. Ask questions in detail (use the basic interrogations) about specific areas that you noted while the witness told the story. c. Clarify any doubtful area d. Take detailed notes. e. Use drawings, sketches, charts as supplements if these may help to clarify any information, or to interpret the incident as it happened. 11. OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LEADS: a. Determine if the witness knows any other person that might have knowledge of the same incident. Obtain names, addresses, if possible, telephone number of these persons. b. Determine if the witness know any other person or persons that were present in the area of the incident and get a complete description of these persons. 12. OBTAIN A SWORN DECLARATION, SIGNED BY THE WITNESS. 13. ASSURE THE WITNESS THAT THE INFORMATION THAT HE HAS BROUGHT WILL BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY AND THAT HE WILL NOT DISCUSS IT WITH ANYONE ELSE. 14. MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ANOTHER CONTACT OR INTERVIEW IN THE FUTURE WITH THE WITNESS. a. Advise the witness that you may need to contact him again. b. Obtain address and telephone number of the witness and determine where you may be in contact with him if you cannot find him at home. 108
LN324-91 c. Determine if there is any hour in which the witness may not be available for an interview. 15. CLOSE THE INTERVIEW: a. Explain to the witness that the interview that was just over is considered as an official matter of the government and that he must not discuss it with anyone. b. Bid the witness goodbye. 16. MAKE THE Review OF FILES. 17. WRITE THE NECESSARY REPORTS. 109