1. The situation dictates which, if any, of these methods are to be used.
2. The interrogator should keep in mind that the primary objective is to communicate with the subject.
3. If note taking will hinder that function, the advantages and disadvantages must be weighed.
4. Recording an interrogation is the best means of documentation.
5. Audio, video, or a combination may be used but, because of the absence of case law to serve as a legal guide, local requirements should be checked.
6. The determination should include whether it is necessary to inform the suspect that the interrogation is going to be recorded.
7. A sound videotape that can be shown on a television set or a sound motion picture that can be introduced into court is best. It can be used to overcome charges of coercion.