The Investigative Interviewer Series
If you want to truly improve your ability to conduct highly effective investigative interviews and criminal interrogations and develop rapport with people, enhance and refine your questioning strategy, and increase your ability to distinguish between truthfulness and deception while pursuing the TRUTH, sign up for The Investigative Interviewer Series! This series of 4 courses starts June 4th, 2019 and ends November 14th, 2019. Each course is 3 days of training and will cover everything from the BELIEF Interview model, Investigative Statement Analysis, Cognitive Interviewing, and Advanced Investigative Statement Analysis. Each course is being separately held, but by signing up for The Investigative Interviewer Series, you get a reduced rate on the training.
- BELIEF Interviewing: (June 4th - 6th, 2019)
Effectively conducting interviews & interrogations is a crucial part of criminal investigations, and assessing the information from such encounters for reliability is critical to successful outcomes. Although essential to setting the foundation and direction of criminal investigations, officers are rarely trained to effectively interview victims and witnesses, focusing most of their training on suspect interviews. However, the approach most often used by law enforcement with suspects is often confrontational and counter-productive, and in many instances has resulted in stalled cases, improper arrests, false confessions and even lawsuits.
The BELIEF Interviewing model is based upon the acronym BELIEF:
Build, Extract, Look/Listen, Identify, Expand, Follow-up
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. Students are taught and practice in class effective ways to gather, develop and test the information obtained during the interview for veracity. In addition to enhancing practical skills and effective questioning strategies, we address the thought process and mindset of the investigator, which is critical because that is what steers the investigative process. This solid interviewing foundation also allows for the implementation of tactical and strategic use of evidence during the interview, as well as using questioning strategies such as cognitive interviewing and investigative statement analysis, which are discussed as well within the training.
- Investigative Statement Analysis; Truth through what they SAID: (August 20th - 22nd, 2019)
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. Through the analysis of the words people use, investigators will gain insight into the individuals thought process and obtain a tremendous tactical and psychological advantage to help prioritize and conduct effective interviews, direct investigations, and reach accurate conclusions regarding the veracity of the information people provide.
This training delivers proven techniques which help investigators identify deception as well as truthfulness within language. Students will learn the psychological differences between truthful and deceptive people and how the stress associated with deception often manifests subconsciously within our choice of words. Many times even the motive for the crime will be identified through careful analysis, which often goes undetected by investigators who have not received training in this powerful technique. This highly regarded course is hands-on and students learn through individual and group exercises and practice on real-world cases.
If you don’t know what to look for you don’t know what you’re missing in your interviews, interrogations and statements!
- Cognitive Interviewing: (October 1st - 3rd, 2019)
Information from people often initiates an investigation and sets the foundation and direction for everything that follows. Information is the lifeblood of criminal investigations, yet true and accurate recall of information from people is difficult to achieve. In fact, 75% of wrongfully convicted people, convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, were based upon faulty eyewitness information! 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. Understanding how memory works will not only allow the investigator to gather more accurate information from victims and witnesses, it will also help to shed light on information that is NOT coming from memory and thus, may be deceptive or unreliable. Cognitive Interviewing is one of the most highly researched methods of investigative interviewing drawing international support from the academic community as well as investigators within the field. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of human memory, and in so doing, learn techniques to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. This interactive training program focuses on effective communication and powerful interviewing techniques and strategies to enhance memory and recall from victims and witnesses. This training will develop essential skills for patrol, first responders and investigators. Detectives working “cold cases” may find these skills especially helpful as memory can degrade over time.
- Advanced Investigative Statement Analysis: (November 12th - 14th, 2019)
Advanced Investigative Statement Analysis & Workshop is for students who have attended the "Investigative Statement Analysis; Truth through what they SAID" training. Students who attend will have the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and skills learned through training and the application of the techniques in the field. This 3-Day course will include more complex concepts of the analysis of language and provide deeper understanding of what is being said by the individual, whether in a written statement or during an interview. The majority of the class time will be spent on practical exercises of doing the analysis on real statements and cases, providing insights and getting feedback. Students will also be encouraged to bring their own written statements they may have on solved or unsolved cases and we can work on them as a class project(s). We will also discuss multiple suspect elimination techniques through statement analysis questionnaires as well interviewing strategies based upon the analysis of written statements.
The cost per student for the entire series is $985.00!
*CT POSTC* Each course will provide students with 18 hours of training credit for Curriculum Area 500/503: Criminal Investigations/Interviewing Techniques and Skills
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- From 2019-06-04 08:00 to 2019-11-14 16:00
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