EBI is an empathy-based interrogation method that results in a non-confrontational, conversational interview that will keep your suspects talking longer.

Suspects often want to sell you a story – especially in sexual assault, child homicide and child abuse investigations.  Traditional interrogation methods teach investigators to dominate the interview with interruptions and confrontation often with the sole focus being to elicit a confession. This often shuts a suspect down and the opportunity for leads and information is lost.  EBI teaches an interview method that lets the suspect tell their story in a free-flowing, conversational manner, thereby developing leads and information, in addition to confessions.

Corroboration of a crime is key to success, even when there is a confession.  Giving the prosecutor the strongest case possible increases the likelihood of success in the courtroom. EBI instructs interviewers how to develop corroboration strategies that will increase information, not only for investigative leads, but also to lay a solid foundation for a prosecutor to develop a strong cross-examination of the suspect at trial.


  • To build and keep rapport by practicing non- judgmental empathy with the suspect throughout the interview process.
  • To utilize a funnel approach, increasing open-ended questions that encourage free-flowing narratives as answers.
  • To prioritize the corroboration of your victims’ statements before moving into more traditional theme-based interrogation techniques.
  • To catch your suspect off guard by asking questions that “flip the perspective”.
  • To increase the likelihood in court that the interview can be defended as non-coercive and voluntarily given.
  • And more…

Register today for any of the following EBI training courses at one of these locations:

Date: January 23-25, 2019
Location: Central Virginia Justice Training Academy—Lynchburg, VA
Registration Closed
Date: February 20-22
Location: Eanes-Pittman Training Academy—Chesterfield, VA
Registration Closed
Date: February 25-27
Location: Dallas Child Advocacy Center—Dallas, TX
Registration Closed
Date: June 12-14, 2019
Location: Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy—Nokesville, VA
Registration Closed
Date: July 29-31, 2019
Location: Newport News Police Headquarters—Newport News, VA
Registration Closed
Date: August 7-9, 2019
Location: Eanes-Pittman Training Center – Chesterfield, Virginia
Registration Closed
Date: November 20-22, 2019
Location: Central Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy – Lynchburg, Virginia