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BELIEF Interviewing

CategoryTraining Course
Last Date 14 09 2018 08:00
Event 10 09 2018 08:00 - 14 09 2018 16:00
Place Office of the Attorney General, Pierre SD 57501 - 1302 E Hwy 14 Suite 1 Pierre SD 57501
Telephone(605) 773-3215

South Dakota - September 10-14, 2018

The people you talk with and interview, including victims, witnesses, informants and suspects, are going to tell you a story about what they saw, heard, or experienced. This story, along with truthfulness and deception, is communicated through language, so it makes perfect sense to have words and the content of their story to be the focus of an interview program! This, however, is NOT a statement analysis course. It is a training program that trains the interviewer to focus on verbal information and the story people provide during interviews or interrogations. It is an effective approach for face-to-face interviews and interrogations, and it is also ideal for conducting interviews over the telephone where there are no behavioral indicators to focus on, just their words. The system is based upon the acronym BELIEF, which stands for: B-Build Rapport & Baseline, E-Extract Initial Account, L-Listen/Look Intently, I-Identify Key Elements & Changes, E-Expand Information, and F-Follow-Up. The acronym BELIEF has a dual benefit as well, in that we start every interview with the belief in the person and what they have to say. The benefits of this are that it is in alignment with our core values that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and it helps eliminate personal bias by giving people the benefit of the doubt as well and helping to prevent contamination of the interview by eliminating signals of doubt or disbelief coming from the interviewer. This approach also maximizes verbal content from the individual, and focuses the investigator on gathering, developing and testing the information obtained during the interview for truthfulness, rather than simply looking for deception. Investigators learn to base their questioning on the information provided by the individual being interviewed rather than relying on a scripted interview process or a series of steps to follow, or a rigid question & answer format. Interviewers also learn to assess the content of the individual’s account, rather than rely on their personal opinions or beliefs about the person’s behavior and/or appearance, which can be false or misleading. This narrative-based approach to interviewing provides unexpected and unpredictable questions which are difficult for the subject being interviewed to plan and prepare for, therefore helping to break any “mental scripts” the individual may have entering the interview process, which is a common tactic of deceptive individuals. This approach also allows for the implementation of tactical and strategic use of evidence as well as employing principles of cognitive interviewing and investigative statement analysis.

*This is primarily for South Dakota Police Officers, but outside agencies have been welcomed in the past. Contact the Office of the Attorney General in Pierre, SD for inquires. (605) 773-3215


All Dates

  • from 10 09 2018 to 14 09 2018

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Our Purpose and Values

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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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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