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The Lie Boat - 2014!

This coming Thursday, August 28th, marks the first annual Lie Boat training cruise! I am so excited about this training and I’m looking forward to all the educational sessions, networking, eating, drinking and FUN! We have a final agenda for the training, which I am very happy with, knowing that everyone will be walking away with lots of new information, ideas and contacts worldwide! Here is the final version of the training schedule:

  • Session 1: “Investigative Interviewing; Foundations & Key Principles” Presented by Ray Bull, one of the foremost researchers in the field of investigative interviewing for over 4 decades. He was also instrumental in revamping the interviewing process throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Session 2: “Human Memory; Extracting Truthful Recall of Information” Presented by Wesley Clark, president of LIES, LLC Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services, with over 22 years of law enforcement and criminal investigations experience with the Connecticut State Police as a Major Crime Detective and Sergeant.
  • Session 3: “Obtaining Information through Cognitive Interviewing/MCI” Presented by James Kline, a 20 veteran of the Connecticut State Police, Major Crime Detective and Sergeant,  and current officer with the Orange, CT Police department.
  • Session 4: “Micro Expressions and Emotions within Interviews” Presented by Maggie Pazian, a managing partner with People-Intell, an educational arm of Paul Ekman International. She has studied facial and micro-expressions, and is one of the few trained “facial-coders” in the field.   
  • Session 5: “Persuasive Interviewing; Tactics & Strategies” Presented by Stan Walters, also known as “The Lie Guy”, is owner of Truth & Deception, Inc, and is one of the foremost trainers in the United States relating to ethical interviewing and interrogation practices for law enforcement, government and corporations.
  • Session 6: “Language & Lying within Statements & Interviews” Presented by Wesley Clark (above) who will be discussing how the language choices we make can provide insight into the thought process of the interviewee, giving the interviewer a psychological and tactical advantage.  
  • Session 7: “Investigative Statement Analysis Workshop – Written Statements” Presented by both Wesley Clark and James Kline, who have worked for years together applying principles of investigative statement analysis to some of Connecticut’s most tragic cases.
  • Session 8: “Investigative Statement Analysis Workshop – Verbal and 911” Presented by both Wesley Clark and James Kline, who have worked for years together applying principles of investigative statement analysis to some of Connecticut’s most tragic cases.
  • Session 9: “Using Probability to Detect Deception” Presented by James Kline (above), he was worked on the research of forced choice, or fixed choice testing, which is a method of detecting deception based on probability.
  • Session 10: “False Confessions; Causes and Prevention” Presented by Stan Walters (above) who has conducted research and has testified in court relating to false confessions.
  • Session 11: “Directing & Supervising the Interview Process” Presented by Ray Bull (above), who will be discussing the PEACE model and the tiered approach to training and supervision within the process of investigative interviewing.
  • Session 12: “Panel Discussion and Q&A” The instructors will be asked questions, moderated by Stan Walters, and the floor will be opened to the students of The Lie Boat to ask questions as well.
  • Special Session: "Interviewing through Traumatic Events" Presented by Dan Jewiss, who has 20 years of service with the Connecticut National Guard with experience in counter-drug operatioins. He is a 16 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police and will be discussing issues experienced when interviewing victims, witnesses, suspects and first responders of critical events such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting as well as other cases he has been involved in.

If you are interested in attending The Lie Boat in 2015, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click and join The Lie Boat list to stay updated! Destination is unknown at this time, but the learning and FUN is guaranteed! 


Verifying Lies in Language

Obtaining information from people is crucial to an effective investigation. Once we obtain a statement or information from an individual, we must make the effort to verify the facts they provided. This is an important step, especially when someone confesses to a crime to ensure that the confession is true and reliable, but also with victims and witnesses, because they too can lie or simply be wrong. There is some interesting new research by Galit Nahari, Aldert Vrij and Ronald Fisher that indicates letting the individual know that you will be verifying their information they provide, before they provide a statement, can improve your ability to distinguish between a truthful account and a fabricated account. One of the reasons is that truthful people will try to provide verifiable details in their account whereas deceptive people may provide details, but often they are not verifiable by investigators. By telling the individual up front, this seemed to encourage truth-tellers to provide even more verifiable details whereas it had the opposite effect with deceptive individuals, thus creating an even a wider disparity within the language between truthful and deceptive people. Personally, I think there may be additional psychological benefits between truthful and deceptive people with this approach as well. Truthful people will perceive this as the investigator being professional and very thorough, which should reduce the anxiety of that truthful individual and increase trust, which will have a calming effect on them. This will have the opposite effect on a deceptive person since the last thing they want is someone who is very thorough scouring over their statement, and thus will likely increase their anxiety and cognitive load as well.

If you are a member of The Interview and Interrogation Group, click the following link and download the research article (The Verifiability Approach to Detecting Deception) for review and further discussion!


Improving Sexual Assault Investigations

Recently there has been a rash of sexual assault cases reported at colleges throughout the United States prompting a response from President Obama to form a task force to look into the situation further. What the task force reported was that 1 in 5 women at college claim to have been the victim of sexual assault, but that only 12% of those are reported. Traditionally, for many reasons, sexual assaults have been an underreported crime but hopefully that starts to change! In addition to underreporting, some of difficulties that surround sexual assault investigations, especially of college-age individuals, is that quite often they involve the use of alcohol and/or drugs which can certainly impair judgment as well as memory. Also, we get many cases where there is no disagreement between the parties that they had a sexual encounter; the disagreement lies with consent. One party (usually a female) claims that she didn’t want to have sex, or she agreed to it but at some point she told him to stop and he didn’t stop, while the other party (usually a male) claims everything was consensual and she never told him to stop. Who do you believe? Sexual assaults happen, but so do false allegations. Failing to arrest and punish the perpetrator of a sexual assault is like victimizing the victim again. Arresting a suspect for a sexual assault he didn’t commit is unconscionable and it will change the course of his life forever. These are by no means easy investigations and they must be handled with professionalism and sensitivity. To sort these cases out you need specially trained investigators to conduct the interviews and gather and assess the information provided by both the victim and suspect, as well as any available witnesses. One of the keys to successfully investigating these types of cases is training in Investigative Statement Analysis. For training or more information feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2 GREAT courses; 1 GREAT location!

I am looking forward to conducting training this fall at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This 55 acre location is so beautiful, the building is amazing and the staff is impeccable! With your training registration you will also have morning and afternoon coffee as well as an outstanding lunch!

On September 15th and 16th 2014, we are conducting Investigative Statement Analysis & Cognitive Interviewing. This training is for law enforcement professionals and it will enhance your ability to gather information from victims, witnesses, informants and suspects more effectively and it will also improve your ability to assess that information for credibility by distinguishing between truthfulness and deception!

On September 17th 2014 we are conducting training for business professionals, corporate and insurance investigators, and the private sector with Truth, Deception & Effective Communication. The skills that make a detective successful at extracting information from people, building rapport with very difficult personalities, getting confessions and reaching the truth are not simply detective skills, they are people skills! We live in a high-tech world but without solid communication and people skills your sales will suffer, you will fail more often at negotiations, and your business and personnel will never reach their full potential. Equip yourself and learn these techniques from someone who has practiced, not just researched, the science behind memory, truth, lies and deception for over two decades within law enforcement as a Detective Sergeant in the Major Crime Squad!

For more information on these courses, click the individual course link above, and for additional upcoming training, check out: For information on the training location check out the video below! 

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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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