5 interrogation techniques for gang investigations

Proof of gang involvement and membership is crucial in gang cases, so do what you can to obtain firm, incriminating statements


By Nick Perna

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach.”

I may be dating myself, but this iconic line from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” is as true today as when the movie came out in 1967.

Arguably, interviewing gang members in a custodial setting is one of the most difficult challenges when trying to obtain a good statement. Some people you just can’t reach – but others you can. Sometimes it is how we talk to people that decides whether we’ll get a good statement during an interview. Everyone is guarded after receiving a Miranda advisement, even more so if they are a gang member.

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