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February 26, 2012

Inside Interrogation Room

Verifying authenticity of information being provided by witnesses, suspects and criminals during investigation is always been a greater challenge for Police and Law & Enforcement professionals across the world. On the basis on same, they have to put up a case in court to punish criminals and save innocents.

While statement analysis remains strictly confined to scrutiny and verification of facts and figures only, nonverbal analysis of suspects and criminals provides a wide spectrum of emotional information that otherwise would miss out without ever come of the surface. Different nonverbal clues given away by person being questioned can convey affective (emotional), cognitive, associative and physical statuses at varying degrees.
Hence nonverbal analysis has critical importance during investigation procedure apart of verbal information being provided by the persons under scrutiny. For the same, interrogation rooms have been setup by Law & Enforcement in almost every country. Interrogation rooms are designed to discourage suspects and criminals from defending themselves and bring them to confess the crime they (might have) committed.
The kind of physical and psychological environment posed on unconscious mind of the person under interrogation is that normally anybody could hardly manage to stay in for a long time willingly. Complete isolation from the rest of the world and people is the key element to make person under scrutiny to feel completely alone, helpless and vulnerable. This puts a great pressure on the minds of many.

Person being interrogated is often discouraged to act upon its own will and defend itself physically. To add into intensity of terror and stress, the person is put right beneath a small light source so that rest of the surrounding area remains under darkness and the person being interrogated can't find how many individuals and entities are present and moving around it.
Interrogation Chair ("Hot Seat")
Along with the same, enlarged lurking eyes of the interrogators from darkness induces enormous terror inside the human mind just like what a prey would feel during the last few moments before getting hunted by a fierce and merciless predator in the dark and thick forest. Darkness, isolation, confinement, no barriers and lack of comfort are good enough to break down person's defensive stance.

Person being interrogated is often compelled to seat on a small chair with no arm rests thus restricting its movements to a limited physical area However, interrogators can freely move back, forth and around it. In fact, they intrude personal comfort zone (personal and intimate zones in Proxemics) and try to break down psychological defense and normal tactics of a person under scrutiny.

Under immense fear, criminals and suspects easily leak out unconscious distress body signs that expert eyes can easily catch and drill deeper into the minds and brains of persons being interrogated for their direct or indirect connection with the crime, conspiracy, offense or wrong-doing.

True purpose of any interrogation procedure is not just to verify the information being provided by suspects and criminals but also to understand body language clues given by them and try to co-relate them with body language clues given away by persons under interrogation.
Solitary confinement to a limited physical space, being surrounded by unknown and strange individuals moving around in darkness and having no power of moving or defending oneself is more than enough to induce tremendous amount of stress to let true facts out and escape from the interrogation room unharmed.

1 comment:

  1. The thing i find with this type of set up is the only emotion your going to pick up on is fear.

    A more calm and relaxed place will make the suspect feel more comfortable and therfore they will tend to leak more deceptive body language cues.


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