North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Criminal Investigation: Interviews and Interrogations

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law Enforcement Officers and associated staff involved in criminal investigations.

Course Goal:

This basic course is designed for law enforcement officers assigned to the investigations section of their agency or for those tasked with the responsibility of conducting  criminal investigations, interviews and interrogations.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the difference between an interview and an interrogation.
  • Identify the legal aspects and rights to consider when conducting an interview or interrogation for both adults and juveniles.
  • Differentiate between adult and juvenile guidelines for interview and interrogation.
  • Define key terms associated with interview and interrogation.
  • List the types of people who might be interviewed.
  • Describe strategies for interviews and interrogations.
  • Identify the factors that make an interrogation successful from pre to post interview or interrogation. 
  • Explain the five stress responses
  • During a practical exercise(s) or case study(ies), demonstrate an interview and an interrogation technique.
  • Simulate interviews of rape victims, child witnesses, and child victims. 


This course will employ lecture, class discussions, practical exercises, and case studies and analysis of both U.S domestic and foreign-based interview and interrogations.  The course will incorporate use of video clips and PowerPoint slides.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all sessions and participation in all practical exercises. Students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on a written test which will be given at the conclusion of the course. 


Register for ALL NCJA classes (online, traditional, web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.





Course Coordinator:

Jessica Bullock
Scott Tyson

Length of Course:

40 hours - 5 days

CICP Credit

Directions to Salemburg & Edneyville
Agency Limit: 4