Investigative Statement Analysis to Identify Truthfulness

Investigative Statement Analysis can help investigators identify when someone is being truthful during an interview or interrogation. Most investigators are taught to look for possible signs of deception, not truthfulness, during interviews and interrogations. This is a problem on a couple fronts; First, many investigators are taught the wrong things to look for with deception, and if they find them that solidifies their "false" belief and leads them down the wrong path. Secondly, to effectively distinguish between truthfulness and deception, you have to know what are possible signs of truthfulness. Using investigative statement analysis you will improve your ability to identify not only when someone is LYING, but also when they are telling you the TRUTH! That is aligned with our find the truth within our investigative inquiries.


Detecting Deception with Statement Analysis

Investigative Statement Analysis can help police officers and investigators detect deception better during their interviews and interrogations. Detecting deception is difficult, and there are no absolute indicators of deception, but statement analysis will help you focus questioning on the most promising areas that are likely to be deceptive or that are missing information.



Get it RIGHT from the start!

Can you imagine what a disaster it would be if you were having a house built and the subcontractors were working off different blueprints? The guys who poured the foundation had a different blueprint than the guys who were framing the house; and the electrician and plumber were routing wires and pipes all over the place. What would the house end up looking like? It would certainly not look like the original plan. Or how about a football team with 50% of the players running one play and 50% running a completely different play. Will they likely be successful? Not likely. When there is team-involvement such as building a house or playing football, everyone must be on the same page in order to get it right from the start. The same is true for your team...police officers and investigators in law enforcement!

Statement Analysis for Patrol & First Responders was developed at request of detectives who have had training and excellent success after going through our "Investigative Statement Analysis; Truth through what they S.A.I.D." training program. The detectives and investigators who completed this training felt that the front line, the patrol officers, would benefit greatly from this type of information. This would also put them (patrol & detectives) on the same page with investigations, since the first responders are the initial investigators and often take the first statements.

Statement Analysis for Patrol & First Responders will enhance the ability of initial responding officers to obtain accurate and reliable information from individuals they encounter throughout their shift and to help distinguish between truthfulness and possible deception, which is a critical skill and safety issue for officers on the street. Understanding the value and importance of the words people use, orally as well as written, will not only improve the officers own investigations but will further provide a solid foundation for investigative follow-up by detectives should the case be passed on. Information obtained in the early stages of an investigation will help to pave the way for a successful outcome. If that information is obtained incorrectly, misread or contaminated by inappropriate questioning, the investigation can end up being sidetracked, waste time and money, and end up being suspended without appropriate closure. If you don’t know what to look for, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Statement Analysis for Patrol & First Responders is only $89 and is being hosted at:

  • Manchester Police Department 405 Valley Street, Manchester, NH 03103
  • May 15, 2013 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Click HERE for more information, or follow the link below!



Is Rapport a Soft Skill?

When you watch a police show on television or at the movies, quite often you see a hard-nosed detective homing in on a suspect’s story, getting in his face, maybe threatening him or putting a gun to his head to get him to talk. Does it work? On television or the big screen they are able to make anything work, but there is a big difference between “talking” and telling the “truth”.

Aggressive, confrontational tactics may get some people to talk, but are they just saying what they think you want to hear and not telling the truth? Is their nervous behavior due to the fact they have a gun to their head, literally or psychologically? Are they not recalling facts accurately because they are lying, or is it due to the stress they are under from the context of the interrogation that is impairing recall from their memory?

A real professional interview or interrogation may not be what makes millions at the movies, but it is what works in the “real world.” One of the foundational elements of an effective interview or interrogation is building rapport with the individual. Rapport is a feeling of trust and a connection between two or more people causing a sense of being in “sync” or being on the same “wave wavelength” leading to better communication with each other. It is also a lot harder to lie to someone you have rapport with rather than someone who you despise because they are treating you badly.

Building rapport is one of the most fundamental sales techniques in business as well, and is used to build relationships with others quickly and to gain their trust and confidence. It is a very powerful tool that veteran salespeople naturally employ, which allows them to close more deals with less effort. Do you think a car salesman would sell more cars by trying to “force” you to buy a particular vehicle?

The rough, aggressive tactics detectives use in the movies may look cool, but that does not make rapport a “soft” skill. Establishing rapport is a basic but very powerful psychological technique that will help you develop better connections with the people you interview, establish a bond of trust making it more difficult for the individual to lie to you, help facilitate better communication and help you to identify verbal and behavioral baselines that are important to establish so you can compare linguistic and behavioral changes throughout the interview. And by having a professional interview and establishing rapport, any changes you see in the person’s behavior or language will be much more relevant and meaningful. All of this helps keep you on the path to finding the TRUTH, not simply getting a “confession.”

Interrogation Training and Tactics

One of the shifts we are seeing regarding interview and interrogation throughout the United States, Canada and abroad is law enforcement moving away from techniques that are coercive or confrontational in nature to more psychological and narrative base interviewing techniques and strategies. There have been a growing number of stories, documentation and news coverage about false confessions and wrongful convictions that claim to have been the result of improper interview and interrogation techniques. It seems to be a slow process, but it is moving in the right direction.

Training such as Cognitive Interviewing and Investigative Statement Analysis has been proven to obtain much more reliable information from individuals. Using these techniques not only assists in gathering information but also the assessment of that information for accuracy and signs of truthfulness or deception.

One other thing we need to change in law enforcement regarding the training in interview and interrogation techniques is a shift from being "confession-focused" to that of being "truth-focused". This shift in the mindset of the investigators will help to keep the interviews and interrogations on track and in the right direction which is finding the TRUTH in every investigative enquiry.




Our primary purpose is to enhance the investigator's ability to develop rapport, facilitate communication, extract more accurate information, detect deception and obtain the TRUTH from every investigative inquiry.


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