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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:54
The Bowling Green Police Division is hosting law enforcement agencies from throughout the region this week for training in interview and interrogation techniques.
The training is being conducted by John E. Reid & Associates, a Chicago firm which has developed the techniques and trainings since 1947.
Maj. Tony Hetrick of the BGPD said the police division has partnered with Reid & Associates for over 10 years. The trainings hosted at the division often attract agencies from through the state, as well as parts of Michigan and Indiana.
"All of our investigators are skilled in these techniques," said Hetrick. "And we're trying to get our patrol officers up to speed on them" because those officers also conduct investigations and have need of interview skills.
Hetrick said that three BGPD officers are participating in the class, which runs through Thursday.
"It's outstanding training," said Hetrick. "You see on TV and things that they do a lot of solving of crimes by forensic means. That's really not reality. That stuff helps but where we solve the bulk of our crimes is talking to people, interviews. Developing suspects and conducting interrogations.
"It's really the backbone of the investigations we conduct," he said of the Reid method. "It's a non-offensive technique. You see crime dramas where detectives are yelling at people. That doesn't happen. It can't happen. You don't get anywhere" using such methods.

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