Would it surprise you to learn that the police lie? Doesn’t seem right, does it? Aren’t police supposed to be completely honest?
Lying is a completely proper investigative technique. We want our officers to be able to lie. Every undercover detective has to tell many lies and exercise deception.
Good police officers use deception in many different ways. Telling a suspect that they have DNA when they don’t in order to get a confession is very good police work. It is also good police work to make a suspect feel comfortable and believed while the suspect is giving a statement.
Officers don’t have to tell you that they are officers. A good officer would never lie in court, but a good officer will lie during an investigation in order to get information or evidence.
Deception is a valid law enforcement tool.