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Baseline Changes

Baseline on wire

Hey, just a quick reminder on identifying a subjects baseline during an investigative interview. During a recent interview I conducted regarding a suspicious injury on an individual living within a group home, I asked one of the staff members if they ever saw the person injure themselves. They said "no". I then asked if they ever saw another staff member or anyone else injure the person. They said "no". (Note: As far as that last question, I should have broken it into two questions, one about any other staff and one about any other person.) I then asked if they ever injured the person. There was about a 3 to 5 second pause, the staff looked up and to their left, then up and to their right, then said "Ummmm,, (pause)"

I asked the same series of questions to other staff members and each has simple, clear, direct and reliable denials, which were consistent throughout the interview and with their baselines. This one did not. I have more interviews to do and then follow-up interviews as well, so we will see how this pans out!

I just wanted to pass that along as a quick reminder...establish the baseline of the person you are talking with and look for any deviations. This is a big part of our BELIEF Interviewing model as well.   


Training Partnership: LIES, LLC and CICAPP

LIES, LLC was extremely happy to partner with CICAPP in Monterrey, Mexico this past August to conduct training on Investigative Statement Analysis. There were over 30 students from a variety of backgrounds including law enforcement, government agencies, security, loss prevention, attorneys and more. The students were very engaged, making the training extremely productive! Students began applying their new skills and training immediately after the course with very positive feedback. This was sent to Rodrigo Velarde of CICAPP“I have started to apply what I learned in this course. I evaluated 16 employees that experienced an armed robbery at one of our sites. Of those 16 witnesses, I could distinguish 3 that definitely had suspicious statements, which gives me the opportunity to have a focused interview with them. This particular course has permitted me to "set down" or "canalize" in a practical way the knowledge that I have been acquiring throughout my career in security.” Jim Kline and I were impressed with the professionalism of CICAPP and the quality, professionalism and expertise of the students they brought to the course. We were also appreciative of the bottle of Don Julio Anjeo 1942 Tequila that Rodrigo shared with us, even though it was a birthday present of his! We are looking forward to future joint training with CICAPP.      

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Skill Development; Lifelong Study


I started my career in law enforcement over 30 years ago, and throughout that time I always sought out and attended training to improve myself and to add value to my agency and to the people in the community that I served. When I was a rookie Trooper, I put in for all the training I could get. DWI Enforcement, Drug Interdiction Training, EMT Training, Street Survival School, and many more. When I was interested in trying to make Detective and get into the Major Crime Squad I attended training such as Interview & Interrogation, Criminal and Psychological Profiling, Forensic Linguistics for Law Enforcement, Legal Issues for Criminal Investigations, and other such training. When I became a Sergeant I took classes on Leadership and Development, Crime Scene Management, and similar courses. Not only formal training classes, but reading books as well focused on the relevant topics too, and when the internet came along, online classes and more. Oh yeah, I even paid for some classes out of my own pocket and on my own time, it's THAT important to me. The point being is that even though I learned an awful lot through my experiences, I knew enough that I didn't know it all...and I still don't, which is why I still attend training, go to conferences, read books, and keep developing my skills. I still teach courses and I still attend them. If I attend a training course and I can take away just 3 or 4 key points that will improve myself or my performance, then it was a great investment. Even if I get only ONE new idea, it may be THAT ONE THING that will bring my next investigation to a successful end.

Maybe that will be the case with you as well...keep up the training!


Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48

I am excited about the upcoming television series, "Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48", because I have done some work on the show! The show airs on March 29th, 2018 on A&E at 9:00pm. There is a series of 7 episodes where certain cases are reviewed by Marcia Clark, the former California Prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial, which had so much controversy and notoriety surrounding the case itself as well as the verdict. 

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The cases that are profiled on the show are either unsolved, or have had some controversial outcome. It should be an interesting series and there are plans for Season 2 in the works! Check it out on A&E on Thrsday nights starting March 29th, 2018. Below is a link to the show.


Happy New Year!


I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and successful New Year!

As you head into 2018, make sure to look back on the previous year and evaluate the year; the good, the bad and the ugly, that way you can apply that information into the upcoming year for continued growth and success. Think about this across all areas of your life such as work, family, finances, spirituality, friendships, health, social, etc. Are you happy where you are and with your progress and growth in these areas? What went well and what went poorly? What would you like to improve in 2018? What might you have to eliminate? What can you do to start that progress now? Etc. 

Just as we want to start an investigative interview with planning and preparation, we should start the New Year the same way! I don't think you would enter an interview without knowing something about the incident you are investigating as well as information about the person you will be talking with. The more information we have the more successful we will likely be in each area!

God Bless & Stay Safe...and keep in touch!

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