Statement Analysis is a method for detecting likely deceptions and omissions in language. In this concise, practical one day course, students will learn the elements of Statement Analysis and how to apply them for more effective interviews. We will analyze a variety of written and spoken statements – including suspect interviews, press conferences, 911 calls and ransom letters. Because our work is not just to identify deception but to overcome it, we will then discuss how to use a subject’s own language to focus our interviews and investigations.
Statement Analysis complements investigators’ understanding of interview & interrogation methods and non-verbal communication. This training is designed to enhance the work of detectives and investigators in the areas of: criminal investigations; internal affairs; background investigations; officer-involved incidents; corporate security and human resources investigations. Statement Analysis is particularly useful for investigators whose cases involve telephonic and audio-recorded interviews, transcripts, and written responses – when clues must be found in words alone.
The language of deception
How to recognize when someone is not answering the question
Countering omissions through micro-action questioning
911 calls: summoning help, or building a cover story?
Evaluation of victim and suspect claims in sexual assault investigation: beyond “he said” “she said.”
Using Statement Analysis to focus interviews and interrogations
A method for recognizing truthfulness and detecting deception/omission based on systematic review of a subject’s language
Like the polygraph and the investigative interview/interrogation, SA is predicated on the notion that normal people are made uncomfortable by lying.
SA is a tool to be used in conjunction with other investigative techniques (interview, polygraph, evidence gathering).
Statement Analysis Pre-Test: Boyfriend in Child Sex Abuse Case
Kinds of Statements
Statement Analysis in Real Time
Elements of Statement Analysis
Changes in how time is reported
Practical Exercise: Case Study statement (child murder)
Practical Exercise #2: Wife of murdered husband case study
Matt Irvine worked as a Detective with the Glendale, California Police Department, investigating sex crimes and family violence before transferring to Robbery/Homicide. He moved to the San Francisco District Attorney Bureau of Investigations, assigned to public corruption investigations. Matt reached the rank of Lieutenant, overseeing the Public Corruption Task Force (with the FBI) and the investigation of officer-involved incidents. After retiring from sworn service, Matt joined the Portland Police Bureau as a background investigator. He currently works as a cold case sex crimes investigator. Matt is a graduate of Columbia University, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the FBI National Academy.
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