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Trust & Expertise

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For those of you who have attended my training courses, you probably remember me reference two pillars of credibility; Trust & Expertise. From an investigative interviewing perspective, you need both of these established with the person you are talking with for them to fully open up to you. You can be the best detective in the field, but if you lack trust with people, they will not confide in you. Conversely, you can be the most trustworthy person since Mother Teresa, but if you don't have the expertise (training, experience, etc), you won't get a full account of information, you will miss things and even head in the wrong direction. Psychologists refer to these as qualities of "warmth" and "competence" and they are important from an interpersonal and even business perspective as well. This is all part of building rapport with people which sets the foundation for our training program, BELIEF Interviewingwhich is being held in Orange, Connecticut from November 28th - December 2nd, 2016. Click HERE for more information on that training or contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Content in Context

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One of the best ways to distinguish between deception and truthfulness is to look at the content within the context of the interview. That means focusing on the words, the language, the story being told. That should be the guideposts for your questioning. By improving your questioning skills and interview strategy, utilizing evidence strategically within the interview and by identifying key points through linguistic analysis, the effectiveness of the interview compounds. This is the foundation and basic premise of BELIEF Interviewing. For training information go to: http://truthsleuth.com/training.html

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The Effectiveness of your Investigations has a LOT to do with your IQ

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Yes, if you want to be effective during your investigations, reach accurate and timely conclusions, and most of all identify the truth of what happened within your inquiry, you have to improve your IQ. I’m not talking about your intelligence quotient though, I’m talking about your Interview Quality. The quality of your interviews has a direct impact on the quality of your investigations. Make sure you and your personnel are trained to conduct effective investigative interviews & criminal interrogations, assess the credibility of verbal and behavioral information, and extract accurate information and actionable intelligence from people. To improve these skills and more, visit www.truthsleuth.com or email your inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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Lifting the Veil of Deception

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A study I came across on New Scientist found that people were better at identifying if a woman was lying or not when she was wearing a Hijab or Niqab. (They didn't use the Burka but I think that would have bee really good to do!) The thought is that the people making the assessments of credibility had to pay more attention to the language used rather than facial cues during the interview. What's interesting, in 2013 a Judge in the UK ordered a female charged with a crime to remove her veil because she said it "was necessary to see her face to assess how truthful she was." Maybe we should work to get more training in Investigative Statement Analysis?    

Although this research is interesting, and I agree that paying attention to language is the most effective ways to conduct an investigative interview and assess for credibility, I don't agree with their conclusion that this can be an automated process. There will ALWAYS be a need for an effective, well-trained interviewer, not only to identify deception but to get the truth! 

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Importance of Keeping an Open Mind

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We all know the excitement and the feeling of a difficult case coming together. You may have started out with a "who dunnit" and now you are at the point of "I think YOU dunnit!" Evidence has been collected and is being processed, witnesses have provided valuable information, circumstances are pointing you in the direction of Mr. Suspect, and now you have been assigned to question Mr. Suspect about his involvement in this caper.

As you proceed with the interview...keep an open mind. If you go into an interview with the belief that the person is guilty or with the intent to gain a confession or with the thought that the person is going to lie about their involvement, anything the person does or says will be filtered through that belief system, and whatever does not align with it will be discarded or not even perceived! You will look for and find only the things that line up with your belief in the person's guilt, which means you will miss other information the person may be telling you.

The goal in an investigative interview or criminal interrogation is to find the truth, period. By keeping an open mind you are staying open to all of the possibilities, and through your persistent and strategic questioning, those other possibilities will likely be getting eliminated, leading you in the proper direction and case resolution. It is important to take everything into consideration and let the interview and the resulting information lead you to the proper conclusion, not you lead the interview to the conclusion you believe to be correct. Keep an open mind.

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Available Training Courses

Here is an overview of some of the available training courses through LIES, LLC. Click the link at the bottom of the box for details on the courses

Training Courses for Investigators:

  •  Investigative Statement Analysis for Patrol & First Responders
  • Witness Interviewing for First Responders
  • Foundations of BELIEF; Proper Framework for Effective Interviewing
  • Situational Awareness/Mindfulness within Investigative Interviews
  • Intelligent Interviewing; Social & Emotional Intelligence within Investigative Interviews
  • Investigative Statement Analysis Workshop
  • Interviewing Psychology; Deception, Persuasion and Interrogation Strategies
  • Investigative Statement Analysis; Truth through what they S.A.I.D.
  • BELIEF Interviewing Model
  • Cognitive Interviewing; Improving Witness Memory and Recall
  • Tactical Interviewing & Detecting Deception
  • Interviews of Post-Shooting and High-Stress Events

Corporate and Business Training:

  • Truth, Deception & Effective Communication
  • Language & Lying
  • Bodies & Baselines
  • Communicate to Connect
  • Custom training programs available as well to meet specific needs!

We can conduct our training classes on-site to minimize travel expenses for attendees and to maximize the amount of personnel available to benefit from training. Agencies who host training courses receive FREE training for their officers! Contact us for details on setting up training at your agency. Click "Read More" to learn about our training programs and to see upcoming training courses. 
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