If you were going to climb Mount Everest, would you rather obtain information about that from someone who only researched the mountain, the climate, equipment needed, food supplies and shelter, etc., or would you rather get that information from someone who actually climbed Mount Everest successfully dozens of times? I’m sure you would pick the person who actually climbed the mountain successfully.
So, what’s the difference between a travel agent and a tour guide? A travel agent may research interesting locations, search for what to do and what not to do in a particular area, and provide you fancy brochures about a place they have never been to before. A tour guide on the other hand is someone who has been to the place you are going, knows the terrain, knows what to do and what to avoid, and knows how to maximize the value of the trip.
Within the context of investigative interviews and criminal interrogations, travel agents are people who have read about interviewing procedures, studied interrogation strategies, researched deception and lie detection, and reviewed all the literature they can get their hands on relating to the subject. They have not “been there and done that.” A tour guide within this context is someone who has had the responsibility of investigating homicides, robberies, kidnappings, fraud and financial crimes, sexual assaults, child abuse cases, and capital felonies and sat face to face with the victims, witnesses and suspects in such cases to gather truthful, accurate and reliable information. Tour guides are the ones who have actually obtained information, statements and confessions leading to the truth, whether that is exoneration or conviction, within such cases.
Your “Mount Everest”
may be the next homicide investigation you are assigned, child abduction case within your community, multi-million dollar fraud scheme at your agency, or armed robbery at a local convenience store. Regardless of what lies ahead of you and what kind of investigation you are confronted with, solid skills of investigative interviewing, criminal interrogation, detecting deception and making credibility assessments will be necessary
, so make sure your training comes from a tour guide and not merely a travel agent
. If you need assistance, contact the tour guides at LIES, LLC Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services
and we will fully prepare you for your journey!