Detecting Truth, Deception, and Lies when Conducting Investigative Interviews

John E. Grimes III, CFE, CFI is Keynote Speaker at ComplianceKey. has over 45 years of law enforcement, criminal investigation, loss prevention, fraud examination experience, and teaching experience. John began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore City Police Department where he became a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). John left Baltimore and became a Special Agent with the Amtrak Police Department Fraud and Organized Crime Unit and was later promoted to Captain of the CID. In 1993, John joined the Amtrak Office of Inspector General/Office of Investigations as ........


Most people believe they can tell when someone is lying, especially if it is someone they know, such as their child, spouse, or a friend. And they probably can. However, they might not have the ability to detect whether someone is telling the truth, is being deceptive, or is lying when conducting an investigative interview and sitting across from the person for the first time. And if they can, they might not be able to articulate how they reached their conclusion. It is critical that skilled interviewers know how to conduct legally acceptable interviews, evaluate the responses, and be able to articulate their conclusions for the official record.
Interviewing is a craft that involves skill and artistry combined with best practice processes or steps. The craft of interviewing involves understanding the psychology of interviewees, developing the art of human interaction, and applying proven established interviewing steps. A professional interviewer needs to understand what motivates an interviewee, including suspects, witnesses possible witness, and peripheral individuals, to lie. Equally important, interviewers need to understand what motivates an individual to tell the truth.
Along with this understanding, professional interviewers must be able to detect truth, deception, and lies by applying established best practice interview steps and using learned skill to evaluate verbal, non-verbal, and para linguistic behavior. 

Why should you attend this webinar?

Interviewing is not a peripheral task when conducting an investigation. Interviewing is a critical component of an investigation. Investigative Information is gleaned from a variety of sources, i.e. computer data, documents, trace evidence, and of course people. It is people who commit crimes and possess information to assist in the investigative outcome. It is people who have motivations to lie or tell the truth. It is imperative that skilled interviewers are able to follow established best practice interview steps combined with the ability to detect truth, deception, and lies. Of course the main objective of an interview is to obtain the truth. To reach this objective it is important that the interviewer utilize learned skills to be able to detect whether the interviewee is truthful, deceptive, or lying.
If you conduct investigative interviews, you will benefit from this webinar. This presentation will teach you to think of interviewing as a craft. This webinar will provide you with the tools to ensure that you are giving the interviewee every opportunity to tell the truth. This is accomplished by following established best practices, including interview proxemics, building rapport and trust, and formulation properly phrased questions so as to best detect the truth, deception, and lies by evaluating verbal, non-verbal, and para linguistic behavior

Areas Covered in the Session:

Interviewing should be thought of as a craft that involves applying proven steps along with skilled artistry. The objective of an interview is to obtain the truth. An interviewer must be able to detect whether or not the interviewee is providing truthful, deceptive, or untruthful information. This webinar covers the following areas.

  1. Arranging the Interview
  2. Proper Introductions
  3. Building Rapport 
  4. Properly Phrased Questions

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Duration: 90 mins

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