Police interrogations have a pivotal role in the success of the criminal justice system. Their investigations and interrogations can make or break a case. Unfortunately, in the past, interrogations have a reputation of not always being true. With interview room recording systems, police officers can be more confident in the truthfulness of the products of their interrogations.
Here’s why you need to record interview room recordings
1. To get an accurate and complete record of suspects’ stories
Interrogation room recordings provide verbatim accounts of the events of an interrogation. So, it eliminates disputes between what each party says. An accurate recording of interrogations is instrumental in the quest for truth and justice. These are most useful in instances of a defendant’s confession of guilt. Recordings enable investigators, prosecutors, as well as psychiatrists to examine a defendant’s confession and determine its truthfulness. Without interview room recordings, these individuals would not be able to see the environment and the nuances in the defendant’s actions during the confession of guilt. As a result, recordings of interviews can reduce incidences of wrongful convictions due to false accusations.
2. Shows that the police have nothing to hide
Police officers do not have a crystal-clear image to the public at the moment. So much work needs to be done in terms of trust and relationship building between communities and police officers. There is no doubt that recordings of previously secret procedures can help amend the relationship. The Department’s openness to record procedures proves that they have nothing to hide. Clear recordings of interrogations showing police officers handling suspects with professionalism while still being able to extract the necessary information would surely increase the public’s respect and trust in the police.
3. Encourages suspects to cooperate
A common point of dispute in trials is the suspect’s behavior during interviews. It’s not uncommon for police officers to claim that a suspect had not been cooperative. A study found that when detectives to have a suspect’s interview recorded the latter become more cooperative. Perhaps this can be attributed to the suspects’ perceived honesty of police officers due to the presence of interview room recording equipment.
4. Encourages ethical and lawful interrogation tactics
The US has strict rules as to what can be done inside an interrogation room. Despite these, there is a history of the use of unethical interrogation tactics, whether intentionally or unintentionally, by interrogating officers. A camera inside the interview room could impose a slight pressure on officers to be more aware of their actions, thereby minimizing chances of violating interrogation laws. It is important to ensure that the rules for interrogating are followed not just because they can influence a decision but, more importantly, because unethical interrogation tactics could impede on the suspect’s human rights.
It’s not uncommon for disputes regarding interrogation procedures to result in motions to suppress, and therefore lengthen trials. These are expensive and time-consuming for all parties involved. Furthermore, it can be stressful for the police officer in question. After all, it is their adherence to the laws and their integrity as a law enforcer is the one being questioned. A recording could save everyone time and unnecessary costs and stress because such disputes could easily be settled by a recording of the interrogation proceedings.
Don’t Skimp On Recording Systems
Supercircuit’s interview room recording systems are cost-effective and comes with multiple benefits for the Police Department and for the overall criminal justice system. Find the interview room system for your department now.