Get Agreement and Admissions

Get Agreement and Admissions

Seven Dimensions
Updated Dec 30, 2019

Colin McLaren, former homicide taskforce leader, tells Eve Ash the best ways to secure a person’s agreement and admissions. 

Course Overview 

When it comes to investigating people, a non-intimidating approach, preferably in a quiet location, gets more results. Colin McLaren advises building rapport with a person when the investigative process is narrowing. The important thing is to get their admission, why it was done, and in writing. This is vital for any future court process. Consider making a video or audio recording. If they refuse to participate, note refusal, the time and date. If they ask for a union person to be present, welcome that person and ask them to respect the process. Confidentiality is important at all stages of the investigation, depending on the severity of the crime. 

Key Learning Points 

In an investigation, it’s important to: 

  • Be confrontational in a friendly way 

  • Establish rapport 

  • Seek and obtain admissions in writing 

  • Include why the person did it 

  • Consider a video or voice recording 

  • If a union person is present, they must respect the process 

  • If there is a refusal to cooperate, note refusal with time and date 

  • Retain confidentiality 

Interviewer: Eve Ash 

Interviewee: Colin McLaren