The Investigative Interviewer Series

We are excited about the training courses being held in Connecticut this year! The series of 4 courses will help improve your ability as an investigator to build rapport more effectively with people, develop an investigative mindset, ask more effective questions and develop a reach accurate and reliable conclusions within your investigations. You will enhance your ability to distinguish between truthfulness and deception, and learn about memory and develop questioning strategies that will effectively draw out more information from victims and witnesses without influencing their recall of information. You will learn the value of looking at and listening to the words people use to assist you in identifying areas in their account that may be deceptive or missing information, and the tools you will leave with will strengthen your investigative interviews and increase your ability to assess the credibility of statements and information more effectively and accurately. Sign up for one...sign up for two...or commit to improving your effectiveness as an investigative interviewer and take the whole series!   

May 13th – 15th 2020: "BELIEF Interviewing" Narrative-based investigative

July 8th – 10th 2020: "Investigative Statement Analysis; Truth through
what they SAID" Distinguishing between truthfulness and deception in

September 23rd – 25th 2020: "Cognitive Interviewing" Enhancing memory and
recall during investigative interviews.

November 18th – 20th 2020: "Advanced Workshop; Investigative Statement Analysis" Advanced principles and practice on improving your ability using
techniques of Investigative Statement Analysis.

Investigative Interviewer Training Series


Take 1...Take 2...Take 3...or take the series of 4 courses!

One of the most critical skills an investigator has is their ability to conduct effective interviews and interrogations, and to assess that information for credibility. Conducting effective and thorough interviews, whether with the victim of a crime, a witness to an event, or with the suspect in a criminal investigation is crucial to effective law enforcement. The Investigative Interviewer Training Series will help you become a highly effective investigative interviewer! Below is a little bit about each of the 4 courses, but click the linked course title for more information on that course. 

This 3-day training program is a comprehensive course on Investigative Statement Analysis utilizing our unique “S.A.I.D. process.” It provides detectives and investigators with the ability to gather and assess information from people and to distinguish between truthfulness and deception within language, whether it’s written such as statements, transcripts, notes and memos, or spoken during interviews, interrogations, and 911 calls, etc.

Cognitive Interviewing is an investigative interviewing technique that provides greater and more accurate recall of information from victims and witnesses of crimes. This 3-Day training course utilizes class instruction, group exercises and individual practice and application of the techniques learned which greatly improves the ability of investigators to conduct effective information-gathering interviews. The unique questioning strategies improve memory and accuracy of recall.  

This 3-Day course is highly interactive and will include a lot of time analyzing statements as we discuss more complex concepts of the analysis of language and thought, and it will provide deeper understanding of what is being said by the individual, whether in a written statement or during an interview. We will also discuss how the words that we use as investigators when communicating can positively or negatively influence the outcome of interviews.

This is a very effective method to gather and assess information from victims, witnesses, informants and suspects in a professional, non-confrontational manner. This program is in alignment with our core values that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, which helps eliminate personal bias and gives people the benefit of the doubt. This helps to prevent contamination of the interview, and it maximizes verbal content from the individual. It is a powerful method of investigative interviewing.

  • If you conduct interviews, gather and assess information from people and are responsible for finding the TRUTH in investigative inquiries, please join me at one or more of these training courses! Also, please forward this email to your contacts who may be interested in attending some of these training courses as well.Thanks!   

Note: Each course can be taken individually ($295 per student) or sign up and take the series of 4 courses ($985 per student). Connecticut POST Credits available.

Location: Holiday Inn Express 120 Laning Street (I-84, Exit 32), Southington, CT 06489

                Note: Advanced Investigative Statement Analysis will be held at the Southington Police Department, 69 Lazy                      Lane, Southington, CT. 06489

Questioning for Expected Information Leads To...

I was investigating an incident of physical and psychological abuse recently and set up an interview with the person suspected of the improper behavior. One of the techniques that lead to the disclosure of the truth was what we refer to as "questioning for expected information." This is when during an investigative interview someone provides an account of their activity and you listen to the person and think to yourself, "if this is true, what would they have experienced and what information should be in their memory about that event?" Then, during the interview, question them for details about what they said. Not in an aggressive, accusatory manner, but in an interest to understand and to fully know what they actually did. For instance, if the person said they went to the gym, what would they have experienced and what information would they have in their memory after going to the gym? Going to the gym is a simple activity, but the list of actions and information that the person should have can be quite long:

  • What gym did you go to?
  • What time did you get there?
  • Where did you park?
  • Did you sign or scan in?
  • Who was at the front desk?
  • What did you do at the gym?
  • What did you wear?
  • Did you wear gym clothes there?
  • Did you change in the locker room?
  • Did you bring water?
  • Did you see anyone you knew?
  • How long did you stay there?   
  • Etc.

There are many other questions that could be asked, and that applies to even activities such as going to a restaurant or out to a movie. If the person truly did go out to dinner and/or out to a movie, there is a TON of information surrounding that which they should have in their memory. If they are making it up and forming an alibi, the person may have planned ahead and provide some details, but they cannot make up ALL the information that would result from actually experiencing the event. That is the purpose of this questioning strategy, to think about what the person would have actually experienced doing what they said, and then ask questions for detailed information. If they experienced the event, their memory should be filled with information and knowledge surrounding that experience. If they are lying and creating an alibi, they will have to continue to make up information about their story, which often results in the person providing conflicting or incongruent information and they ultimately realize that their story fell apart. That is exactly what happened during my interview. The person admitted that they did not go to the gym, which led to a truthful disclosure about what really happened. A person you are planning to interview may plan to lie ahead of the interview, but it is difficult for most people to lie effectively during this type of questioning, but it is easy for a person to recall the information from memory.   

Questioning for expected information will often lead to expected results, which is obtaining the truth!  

Criminal Justice Career Resource

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Baseline Changes

Baseline on wire

Hey, just a quick reminder on identifying a subjects baseline during an investigative interview. During a recent interview I conducted regarding a suspicious injury on an individual living within a group home, I asked one of the staff members if they ever saw the person injure themselves. They said "no". I then asked if they ever saw another staff member or anyone else injure the person. They said "no". (Note: As far as that last question, I should have broken it into two questions, one about any other staff and one about any other person.) I then asked if they ever injured the person. There was about a 3 to 5 second pause, the staff looked up and to their left, then up and to their right, then said "Ummmm,, (pause)"

I asked the same series of questions to other staff members and each has simple, clear, direct and reliable denials, which were consistent throughout the interview and with their baselines. This one did not. I have more interviews to do and then follow-up interviews as well, so we will see how this pans out!

I just wanted to pass that along as a quick reminder...establish the baseline of the person you are talking with and look for any deviations. This is a big part of our BELIEF Interviewing model as well.   


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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