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What happened?

Dec 03, 2020 in Education & Interview and Interrogation & Investigations
By Sgt. Jamie Borden (ret.)

As an experienced investigator, a national investigations trainer and an expert witness I have been directly involved in or evaluated scores of use-of-force investigations. Not surprisingly, a dominant mantra I consistently notice investigators repeating is, “What happened?” That’s a critical question, of course, but if it becomes the core question, we’re putting investigations, officers’ careers and lives – and the facts – at risk.... Full Article »

Don’t Let Notes Trip You Up

Nov 16, 2020 in Interview and Interrogation & Investigations & Tips
By Calibre Press

Convincing an informant to talk to you—and to keep talking—can be much harder than you think. Sometimes, even the smallest moves can have a negative impact on your mission to gain intel. Highly seasoned interview and interrogation expert Pat McCarthy, founder of the Street Crimes training program, knows that all too well. His years of experience have helped him develop an acute level of awareness of the intricate nuances of communicating w... Full Article »

Child Advocacy Centers Lessen the Chances of Further Traumatizing Children.

Sep 21, 2020 in Education & Interview and Interrogation & Investigations & Tips & Training
By Lt. Eric Salemi

It was 1996 and I was a young investigator working a child sexual abuse case. Once again, I found myself in a room in a social worker’s office with a Child Protective Services investigator talking with a frightened five-year-old little girl. This time the “conversation” was about what her mom’s ex-boyfriend had done to her. I had no children at the time and was armed with training from an Interview and Interrogations class, Interviewing V... Full Article »

More Clues That May Red Flag Lies: Part 2 of a Calibre Series on Deception

Sep 16, 2020 in Interview and Interrogation & Investigations & Tips
By Calibre Press

In the first installment of this series we shared the first eight of 16 words & phrases that can help you spot attempts at deception during interviews. Here are the other eight… 9. Non-reflective denial of knowledge. Phrases to watch for that are given without pause: I don’t remember. I can’t seem to recall at this time. Not to my knowledge. I guess not. I doubt it. Not that I can remember. I’m just going off what I remember at ... Full Article »

Are You Being Lied To? 16 Clues to Listen For.

Sep 14, 2020 in Interview and Interrogation & Investigations & Tips
By Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series You’ve all been lied to. It’s part of the business. Many times, your experience and gut instinct help you sense when a subject is trying to pull one over on you and you can nip a lie in the bud. But how many times have you been lied to and didn’t know it? During a presentation on detecting deception, a retired Maryland State Police investigator and interviewing and interrogation expert shared a list of 16 “... Full Article »

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