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Deceptive investigative tactics may lead a suspect to confess to something he didn't do or force an innocent person to second-guess his own memory and accept he must have committed the crime, one psychology expert said.

“When you misrepresent reality to an individual, you're going to change their interpretation of reality,” said Saul Kassin, professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Some particularly vulnerable suspects even get confused and don't know what to believe, until ultimately they wrongly believe in their own guilt, Kassin said.

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Charleston police set to take

The Charleston Police Department is conducting mandatory ethics classes for all officers in order to become better educated and accustomed to everyday situations.

The objective for the classes is to educate and train law enforcement officers concerning ethical dilemmas for emotional and career survival, according to a press release from Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster.

The law firm of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, PLLC as a public service is presenting it, the release said.

The classes began Tuesday and will continue every Tuesday and Wednesday until April 9, according to Charleston Police Sgt. Ralph Johnson. They are conducted at the Training and Improvement Facility at 118 Dickinson St.

He said the department tries to conduct an ethics-themes training seminar at least once every few years.

Topics covered during the four hour classes will include emotional and career survival, anger management and peer pressure, sexual harassment and department police and procedures, according to the release.

Johnson said the classes are just one more way for Charleston officers to become better and more beneficial to the public.

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