Interrogation in Sexual Assault Investigations
In a sexual assault investigation the law enforcement investigator’s mental approach should be to determine if a crime was or wasn’t committed. One of the major aspects of determining if a crime was committed and by whom, is the interrogation process of the sexual offender. Therefore, the law enforcement investigator must perform the sexual assault investigation, identify, apprehend, and interrogation the alleged sexual offender. The investigator must then follow investigative interrogation protocols and procedures in order to properly and lawfully interrogate the alleged sexual offender. The investigators credibility as a law enforcement officer will be questioned if the investigative interrogation process is not followed. If the credibility and reliability of the interrogation is questionable then a sexual offender may be released back into the community and/or an innocent person can be sent to jail/prison for a crime he/she didn’t commit. In this video Lawrence W. Daly, Chief Sexual Assault Investigative Educator for the One Daly Corporation raises several issues surrounding the concerns of identification in a sexual assault investigation.