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Are the Regina Police insane?

August 13, 2010

Have you seen the questionnaire distributed by the Regina Police to neighbors of the recently murdered family?  Click the link to see a sample page.  I’ve heard that the form is eight pages long and asks a bizarre array of questions.  According to the Regina Leader-Post,

It asks respondents for their thoughts on why the homicides occurred, and makes a number of direct inquiries about whether they committed the killings or took part in planning them.

Respondents are also asked to write in detail everything they did from Sunday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 6, the period in which the homicides appear to have occurred.

One question asks why police should believe the respondent’s answers and another asks how much money the respondent would contribute to therapy for the victims’ family.

Seriously?  I agree with one neighbor who said that he wouldn’t complete the form without consulting with his attorney.
What’s the police plan for these forms?  Do they really think that the murderer is going to fill out the form and their job will be done?
6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2010 6:42 pm

    At least it wasn’t multiple choice which I guess shows some faith in the graduates of our education system.

  2. Dave In Guelph permalink
    August 14, 2010 6:52 pm

    Do I get a gold star if i fill it out correctly?

  3. August 15, 2010 1:08 am

    “Do I get a gold star if i fill it out correctly?”

    Nope but you may go to jail if you fail to fill it out at all.

  4. DaninVan permalink
    August 15, 2010 10:56 am

    Where’s the legal obligation to fill it out at all?
    The whole point of doing a face to face interview is the observation of the interviewee’s demeanor during the questioning, the opportunity to rephrase questions, and to acquire a solid assessment of the subject. NONE of those objectives are met by doing this ‘survey’. It’s useless.

  5. Michele permalink*
    August 15, 2010 12:06 pm

    Doesn’t it seem like this “survey” is actually a list of questions used in face-to-face interviews and the Regina Police Service are just being lazy?

    I’m willing to bet that many of the people who received the survey won’t actually understand what it is asking.

    They could just make a shorter version:
    1. Did you kill the family?
    2. Do you know who did?
    3. Really?
    4. Why should we believe you?

  6. Revnant Dream permalink
    August 15, 2010 5:34 pm

    Welcome to Canada. The land of the keystone cops.
    I wonder if they have a bake sale too?

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