Interviewing Witnesses

Colleagues who have direct knowledge about the incident can provide additional information that the complainant might not remember or know. They can also corroborate information provided by the complainant or the accused. Often information provided by a witness won’t seem relevant or important until other information is obtained from others who may have knowledge important to the investigation. Like solving a puzzle, this information may not make sense until other facts are discovered.

To begin this type of interview, the investigator should explain the reason for the meeting and what kind of information is being gathered. This dialogue might go something like this: “Your name has been given to me as someone who saw ...

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