Interview & Interrogation

with an introduction to
Forensic Statement Analysis

New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN)
Franklin, Massachusetts


Course Description:

This course is constructed specifically for law enforcement officers. The focus of training is to familiarize the new or seasoned investigator with the various disciplines of "detecting deception".  This is accomplished through learning to read non-verbal body language, neurolinguistics, and by being introduced to the newest form of conducting detailed analysis of verbal and written statements.  Investigators are encouraged to conduct interviews and interrogations in such a structured fashion as to practice court-preferred methods of obtaining confessions.


This course is offered to all officers regardless of prior experience or training level. Since law enforcement officers seldom remain in a stationary position of administration, patrol or investigation, this training is appropriate for all.  From the "rookie officer" recently graduated from the academy to the seasoned polygraph and criminal investigator, every attendee will benefit from this valuable training.  The only prerequisite is that the officer must deal with other human beings regardless of their capacity and have the ultimate need to be able to determine truth and deception.

Course Objectives:

  • Easily AVOID the 10 most common mistakes, such as misreading body language.

  • Develop strategies to conduct the interview, which is different than the interrogation.

  • Understand the "physiological responses" caused by the fight/flight and "freeze" syndrome.

  • Learn to analyze verbal and written statements with amazing results.

  • Learn how to tactfully ask the five "W" questions (who, what, where, when, why & how) and why to save closed ended questions for their one purpose.
  • Instantly learn the secret of the one true lie.

  • Discover the sixteen categories of the evasive verbal responses (EVR's) and easily counter them with the three strike rule.

  • Learn to use the number one fear found in men vs. women to receive more information and confessions.

  • Find instant success when you ask the three questions of the verbal lie detector.

  • Learn these secret strategies that bring you more information, confessions and possibly save your life.


Students in this course will become familiar with:
  • Introduction to Interview and Interrogation.

  • Common myths of success or failure rate.

  • Lies of Omission.

  • Fight v. flight.

  • Traditional problems.

  • Evasive Verbal Responses.

  • Recognizing that it is not easy to lie.

  • Old v. new way of preparing for the interview.

  • Direct questioning in every situation.

  • Ignore the emotions

  • Look for out of ordinary language.

  • Events in the past should be written as such.

  • Do not accept conclusions from the subject.

  • Truthful statements reflect reality.

  • Recognize "links" suggesting missing time.

  • Recognizing clues of deception in written statements.
  • Balancing a written statement.

  • Interview v. Interrogation.

  • Structured approach.

  • Means of communication.

  • "Clusters" and "key" questions.

  • Verbal evaluations.

  • Establishing power of influence.

  • Truthful Characteristics.

  • Reinforcers.

  • Escape hatches.

  • Deceptive lies (generalized).

  • Behavioral Exceptions.

  • Normal eye contact.

  • The interrogation room.

  • Steps to an interrogation.