Our instructors have many years of experience in criminal investigations involving major crimes and complex cases, and they are all very experienced and highly skilled within the field of interview and interrogation.
Our instructors have also also participated in academic research and studies, which included a variety of cultures and nationalities, relating to interviewing techniques and strategies, credibility assessments, detecting deception and statement analysis techniques.
Wesley Clark is the President of LIES, LLC. He is a former Sergeant with the Connecticut State Police Department, retiring in 2009 after more than twenty-two years of public service. Throughout the majority of his career Mr. Clark was assigned to the Major Crime Squad as both a Detective and as a Detective Sergeant and was responsible for the investigation, supervision and direction of numerous homicides, robberies, kidnappings, sexual assaults, suspicious deaths, police-involved shootings, crimes against children, financial and organized crimes among many others. Mr. Clark also was assigned for approximately two years as an Investigative Sergeant within the Internal Affairs Unit under the Office of Professional Standards. Mr. Clark is a POST Certified Instructor and has conducted training courses throughout the United States as well as having presented at training seminars and academic conferences in Canada, England, Italy and the United States as well. Mr. Clark is a strong advocate for continuous personal and professional development and for the advancement within the fields of investigative interviewing and criminal interrogation and for the alignment of academic research to the training received by investigators within the field. Mr. Clark has also partnered with various agencies and participated in research on detecting deception, cognitive interviewing, credibility assessment, interviewing through interpreters, and statement analysis techniques.
Sergeant James Kline is a 20-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. He was assigned as a Patrol Trooper from 1992 until 1999 working a variety of shifts and assignments. In 1999 he was assigned as a Detective with the Major Crime Squad where he investigated many robbery, assault, kidnapping and homicide cases. He was also an active member of the Charlotte Hungerford C.A.I.T Team, which is a multi-disciplinary team of experts specializing in the investigation of abuse and neglect of children. Through that team Sergeant Kline assisted with and investigated numerous physical and sexual abuse cases involving children as victims as well as suspects. In 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant where he was assigned as a Patrol Supervisor at Troop- G in Bridgeport, CT. In 2004 Sergeant Kline was selected to supervise a special task force initiated by the Governor’s Office to investigate Corruption within the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2007 Sgt. Kline was assigned back with the Major Crime Squad as a supervisor and was responsible for the investigation and supervision of homicides, robberies, kidnappings, sexual assaults and other complex and sensitive investigations. Sergeant Kline is a certified P.O.S.T instructor and has been studying Statement Analysis, Interview Interrogation and Cognitive Interviewing since early 2000. He has been an instructor for L.I.E.S- Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services since 2006 and has taught throughout the United States and in Canada. Sgt. Kline has also been actively involved within research and academic studies on interviewing techniques and deception.
Maggie Pazian is an internationally accredited trainer in the science of nonverbal communication and behavior, emotion perception and deception detection. Maggie has more than ten years of experience in both field and academia. She specializes in the field of emotion recognition, micro-expressions, body language, FACS and cues to deceit; creating dynamic skill building programs for private enterprise, not-for-profit and federal organizations. The focus of her training is to translate the insights developed from cutting edge research on emotion, create applications and develop training for those interested in improving their communication and people reading skills. Maggie launched her career as a consultant in nonverbal behavior while working with Dr. Mark Frank, the leading researcher in facial expression, interpersonal deception and behavioral observation. Maggie has led efforts on projects with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation and the Transportation Security Administration. Maggie is also a lead trainer for the Institute of Analytic Interviewing and Paul Ekman International plc and is a guest lecturer for FLETC. Maggie is President of VisualEmotion LLC, established in 2006 at which time her company was contracted by the Department of Homeland Security for its expertise in FACS (Facial Action Coding System). VisualEmotion also provides FACS coding services to academic researchers, government organizations and market researchers seeking to pursue insights in emotion and facial expression. Maggie appeared on the Discovery Channel show Monsters and Mysteries in Alaska in March of 2010 and has co-authored several papers and presentations on deception detection.
Languages: Fluency in English and Polish; conversational French.