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 has conducted training courses along with providing presentations at conferences and seminars throughout the United States as well as within Canada, England, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico. 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. He has been studying Statement Analysis, Investigative Interviewing, Cognitive Interviewing, Criminal Interrogation, Detecting Deception and Credibility Assessment for over 20 years. Mr. Clark has been interviewed in the media including radio, print and television and has appeared on shows for A&E and Oxygen Network. Mr. Clark has partnered with various academic and government agencies and participated in academic research within the United States and Europe on detecting deception, cognitive interviewing, credibility assessment, and investigative statement analysis techniques.
Sergeant James Kline is a lead instructor for LIES, LLC. Mr. 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 LIES, LLC- Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services since 2006 and has taught throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Sgt. Kline has also been actively involved within research and academic studies on interviewing techniques and deception.
Joseph Salmeri is an investigator for LIES, LLC. Mr. Salmeri has 40+ years of public/private service experience in communications, personal protection/security, investigations and analysis/legal processes having served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, with Southern New England Telecommunications, and within the law enforcement community on patrol with the Plainville Police Department and in a career position with the Connecticut State Police Department. Mr. Salmeri career with the State Police spanned twenty-two plus years as he retired in 2016 at the rank of Sergeant. During his career with the State Police, Mr. Salmeri had numerous assignments which included Patrol Troop A, Major Crimes Unit, Connecticut State Police/Connecticut Department of Developmental Services liaison as the Southbury Training School Resident Trooper, State Police Headquarters, State of Connecticut Automated Fingerprint Identification System Coordinator, State Police Bureau of Identifications, Communications Coordinator, Telecommunications Coordinator, Missing Persons Clearinghouse Coordinator, Resident Trooper Sergeant for the Town of Southbury, and Patrol Supervisor Troop A. Within each of these assignments, Mr. Salmeri conducted, assisted and/or supervised numerous investigations to successful conclusion to include: a mass shooting incident, homicides, robberies, kidnappings, sexual assaults, assaults, larcenies, missing persons incidents, serious/fatal accidents and other complex/sensitive investigations; internal and administrative. Mr. Salmeri completed his tour of duty with the State Police in a supervisory role responsible for these investigations and their outcomes. Mr. Salmeri has specialized training in Investigative Interviewing and Criminal Interrogation methods, technical training in vehicular investigations, and extensive experience with abuse and neglect investigations within the intellectually disabled community. Mr. Salmeri has been recognized for academic excellence with degrees in Criminal Justice, General Studies, and Human Development and Family Studies. Mr. Salmeri is a highly trained and experienced investigator with distinguished analytical abilities and an impeccable investigative skillset.
LIES, LLC Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services also has several associate instructors as well with whom we partner with:
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.