ABSTRACT. This research synthesizes existing studies and investigates the police interview discourse. Building my argument by drawing on data collected from Pew Research Center, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding percentage of officers saying they strongly (dis)agree/(dis)agree that some people can only be brought to reason the hard, physical way and that in certain areas of the city it is more useful for an officer to be aggressive than to be courteous, percentage of officers saying that they see themselves as protectors/enforcers (police work nearly always/often makes them feel proud/frustrated, they worry about their safety at least some of the time or they think the public does not understand risks they face, and in the past month they have been thanked for their service/verbally abused), percentage of officers saying that when it comes to the way most individuals in their department deal with members of the public, they worry more that the officer will not spend enough/spend too much time diagnosing the situation before acting decisively, percentage of officers saying that employees in their departments are always/usually/sometimes/hardly ever/never asked for their input on decisions that will affect them, and percentage of officers in departments with <1,000 (or more) individuals saying their department has trained them adequately for their job/communicated their job responsibilities clearly/equipped them adequately to perform their job.

Keywords: police interview; power; institutional order; discursive behavior

How to cite: Bacalu, Filip (2018). “The Symbolic Rhetoric of Police Investigative Interviews,” Analysis and Metaphysics 17: 134–139.

Received 10 August 2018 • Received in revised form 1 November 2018
Accepted 8 November 2018 • Available online 11 December 2018


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