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Criminal Interview & Interrogation Techniques

by Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

Oct. 28 - 30, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  •  Law Update  (annual)
  • Civil Rights  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Constitutional & Proper Use of Authority  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Cultural Competency  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Human Rights  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Procedural Justice  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Lead Homicide Recertification  (24 hrs. credit)


The three-day course will provide a formalized approach to the interview and interrogation process that will benefit both new and experienced personnel. Instruction will focus on practical application rather than theory to help students benefit immediately from their classroom experience. Students will learn a broad range of cutting-edge methods and proprietary tools for conducting more effective interviews and interrogations, resulting in identifying the truth more efficiently and with less resistance. The training is fast-paced and will include the WZ Non-Confrontational Approach, the Selective Interview Technique, the Fact-Finding Interview Technique, and the Participatory Approach.

Over the last 25 years, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) has conducted training programs for tens of thousands of law enforcement officers in North America. WZ has also conducted standard, as well as customized, training for the FBI, U.S. Army, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Air Marshal Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services.

The WZ program on Criminal Interview & Interrogation is unique in that it provides training in multiple techniques of interview and interrogation. Bottom line: There is no single, right way to interrogate every suspect. If a person is trained in multiple methods, they have the ability to use the technique most appropriate for the type of case and individual they are interviewing. In addition, if one method is not working, the investigator has additional techniques to utilize.

This project is supported by funds from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program, CFDA #97.067.


  • Room Setting and Preparation
  •  Interpretation of Verbal and Physical Behavior
  •  WZ Non-Confrontational Method
  •  Selective Interview Technique
  •  Fact-Finding Interviews
  •  The Participatory Method
  •  Resistance and Rationalizations
  •  Handling Denials
  •  Enticement Questions
  •  Obtaining Admissions
  •  Confessions and Written Statements
  •  Audio/Video Considerations
  •  Legal Issues
  •  False Confessions


Lou Tessmann

Lou Tessmann, CFI
Wicklander‐Zulawski & AssociatesRead more