Building rapport with victims key to solving sex crimes

Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTOS: JAS
Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTOS: JAS
Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTOS: JAS
Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat (above) says initiatives have been enhanced to ensure victims feel taken care of during investigations. In cases involving children, aids like a doll and model house are employed during the interview process. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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As a police officer investigating a serious sex crime, he once spent half an hour on the floor talking to a girl about Korean pop stars before she felt comfortable enough to share her story with him.

Deputy Superintendent Ker Boon Tat, 34, told The Sunday Times that having a connection with the victim is key to solving crimes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 18, 2021, with the headline Building rapport with victims key to solving sex crimes. Subscribe