An investigator’s bread and butter is their ability to gather information. Being able to conduct an effective interview is a skill that is integral to the information-gathering process. A good interview should yield accurate and reliable information for the investigator. This course will discuss the benefits of a crafting personal and well-thought-out method of conducting an interview. Investigative interviews can be in a formal or personal tone. 

1. Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to learn effective methods of conducting investigative interviews, focusing specifically on the P.E.A.C.E. model. The P.E.A.C.E. model encourages interviewers to be open-minded, fair, and avoid accusatory remarks. An investigative interview benefits from avoiding hostile interactions and “forcing” information from the individual being interviewed. 

2. Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to answer the following questions expertly and effectively.

  • Understand how to plan and conduct an investigative interview based on the P.E.A.C.E. model.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of investigative interview techniques used in the P.E.A.C.E. model.
  • Why might an individual be more cooperative while being interviewed rather than interrogated?
  • Consider the effect a witness testimony will have on existing information. 
  • What is the free recall model? 
  • What are probing questions? 

3. Course Information


  • Sample interviews
  • Downloadable presentations and handouts
  • Case studies


  • Internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable)
  • Personal computer

Course Offerings

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 60-day unlimited course access
  • 2 Continuing Education credits 

Course Structure

This online course is broken into modules for self-paced learning. You will need a supported web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. **Make sure this course is approved by your state for licensing renewal.

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