Under The Pobar Act Are There Rules Regarding The Nature Of The Interrogation?

POBAR requires that the officer be informed of the name, rank and command of the interrogator and the identities of everyone present during the interrogation. Prior to the interrogation, the officer must be informed of the nature of the investigation. Only 2 persons can do the interrogating. The interrogation itself shall be for a reasonable period of time, and the officer shall be allowed to attend to his or her own personal physical necessities (breaks, water, bathroom etc.). The Officer is not to be subjected to offensive language or threatened with punitive action (except if an officer refuses to answer questions related to the investigation or refuses to submit to the investigation that the officer can be informed that such failure may result in punitive action.) No promise of reward can be made as an inducement to answer questions.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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