So that does raise the question: why don’t they? Is it perhaps less about work in the sense of difficulty, and more in the sense of time? Do officers feel it’s more time consuming?
Or is it that, from the get-go, they already have an idea of what story they want, and like an interrogation, are more concerned with getting witness statements to support it?
Well, it’s a bit counterintuitive on the face of it isn’t it? Which sounds like more work: trying to pick out facts from what’s most likely a long and rambling story with a great deal of irrelevant details, or directly asking for the details you want?