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GOOD COP - BAD COP
Maggie Price, a former civilian police crime analyst and author of sizzling romantic suspense novels for Silhouette Intimate Moments tells us....
"Just as we've all seen on TV and the movies, actual police officers sometimes find it necessary to play "good cop, bad cop" with a less than truthful suspect. A subtle segue into this routine often teams the suspect with an apparently sympathetic cop who can afford to look, act and feel betrayed by this guy's lack of honesty, and a hostile cop, who knows and acts like he's been lied to, is damned unhappy about it, and intends to screw the suspect with his own deceit if he can.
For example in DANGEROUS LIAISONS (SIM #1043 11/3/2000), hero Sergeant Jake Ford and his partner, Whitney Shea, discover evidence that a murder suspect has lied to Jake during an earlier interview.
Once the suspect is at the cop shop for a second interview, Whitney takes the lead as Jake sits back, ostensibly taking notes. He knows that the suspect will interpret this as Jake having been "demoted" and Whitney having been placed in charge. (Citizens automatically assume whoever's doing the talking is the boss and the one taking notes and keeping his mouth shut is the "junior partner.")
Whitney lulls the suspect into a false sense of security by rehashing ground covered in the first interview. After the suspect gets comfortable, Whitney leads him into the area that the cops now know the suspect lied about. When the suspect repeats that lie, Jake goes into bad cop mode, accusing the guy of lying, trying to hide his motive, demanding an explanation of why he hadn't told the truth, etc.
To real-life cops, the whole point of the good cop, bad cop routine is, if not to get the truth out of a suspect, at least to get him to tell some provable lies while trying to explain his way out of the situation."
We also asked Maggie if it was true about how "bad" the coffee is at the cop shop. She had this to say, "LOL!! I always claim that it just depends on who works in each particular unit. We had great coffee in Crime Analysis, but that's because the unit was made up of mostly females who knew how to wash a coffee pot. That's not the case in Homicide, Robbery, Sex Crimes, etc., where you've got all these macho guys hanging around. "Wash" the coffee pot? Who, me????"
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