Retired agent Charlie Price served in the FBI for 28 years. He was assigned to the New Haven, Los Angeles, and Washington Field Offices. Charlie also served a 2-year stint at FBIHQ (he jokes it was how he escaped from LA).
In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Charlie reviews the artful interviews and techniques he used to obtain confessions and signed statements from white collar, counterintelligence, and enemy combatant subjects.
He developed an expertise and was asked by his fellow agents and Bureau management (both in the field and at FBIHQ) to conduct subject interviews on other agents’ cases (not an everyday occurrence). Charlie obtained confessions that led to the convictions of three sitting members of congress, white-collar criminals, corporate executives, lawyers, CPAs, child pornographers, bank robbers, drug dealers, enemy combatants/terrorists, and a spy.
Charlie deployed to both Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2010) and received the Director’s Award for Excellence in Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for interviews he conducted in Afghanistan.
He was a firearms instructor for over 20 years and served on both the LA and WFO SWAT Teams.
He taught interviewing skills to FBI agents, and to local, state, and national law enforcement and intelligence partners as an adjunct faculty member at the FBI Academy. After his retirement, Charlie continues to give lectures at on both interviewing and on how to be a good case agent.
Special Agent (Retired)
August 1985 – December 2014
“You have to understand the specific unique human being on the other side of the table and what motivates that person, and then change that person’s perception.”—Retired Agent Charlie Price
The following are articles about artful interviews and FBI Retired Case File Review episodes about interview skills and techniques:
FBI Website: Current State of Interview and Interrogation
John E. Reid and Associates, Inc: Clarifying Misrepresentations About Law Enforcement Interrogation Techniques
Charlie Price: Artful Interviews – An Alternative To Mining Datas