Empathy-Based Interrogation (EBI)

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Mike Milnor
Mike Milnor
Chief of Police (Ret.), Consultant, Co-Founder, Justice3D
Nancy Oglesby, JD
Consultant, Co-Founder, Justice3D
Mark MacKizer
Mark MacKizer
MacKizer Behavioral Analysis Consulting,
Federal Bureau of Investigations (Ret.), Justice3D

Empathy-Based Interrogation (EBI) is an advanced interrogation and interview philosophy designed to keep suspects talking. EBI is research-based and grounded in empathy which facilitates an understanding of the subject’s point of view and motivation for committing the offense. It also provides incentives for the subject to share accurate information. In addition, because it is a non-coercive, conversational interview, it is more easily defended in the courtroom. EBI will benefit anyone who conducts interviews for the purpose of gaining accurate and actionable information. Therefore, EBI can be applied to a wide array of interview settings. EBI is also extremely effective in sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence cases because the suspect usually wants to provide their version of events. This session will be delivered by a retired chief of police and career prosecutor and focuses on how a successful interview aimed at how corroboration more than a confession can lead to more successful outcomes in the investigation and in the courtroom.

Please note: This session is a 90-minute overview of Empathy-Based Interrogation (EBI). For a more detailed presentation, you may want to register for the 2-part series on Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing.

Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 1

Empathy Based Suspect Interviewing – Part 2

As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the importance of subject personality type in an interview.
  • Explore how atmosphere impacts the interview process.
  • Apply communication skills, grounded in empathy to the interrogation process.
  • Recognize the importance of planning interview questions based on risk level and using a strategic process to introduce evidence during the interrogation.


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