Course Description: This unique course offers investigators insight into what a person is actually saying and, most importantly, what they are not saying. Studies have found that while the majority of people do not lie, they instead choose to omit information. This is more commonly referred to as, “Lie by Omission and not by Commission.” In doing so, people display involuntary signs of nonverbal body language; they offer “Evasive Verbal Responses” to direct bipolar questioning, and their written statements often identify areas that are sensitive to them. While the type of crime is inconsequential, what is important is that the person giving the information is affected by the same passions of guilt, stress, and psychological reasoning relating to their particular crime.
Students analyze a variety of written statements and view multiple recorded sessions of actual interviews. Many of the myths and mistakes commonly encountered by investigators are detailed with written and audio-visual aids.
Course Length: 8 hours
Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Build a toolkit for strong interview investigations.
- Construct the best analysis of a subject’s state of mind
- Showing ways to run an effective investigative interview
- Compare and contrast an interview vs. an interrogation
- Improve interrogation techniques
- Explain appropriate techniques to draw out a confession