Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques

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Elsevier Academic Press, 2006 - Political Science - 296 pages
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Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques was published by Academic Press in 2002. The book describes the Forensic Assessment Interview Technique (FAINT) and Integrated Interrogation Technique (IIT) developed by the authors at their Academy for Scientific Investigative Training. FAINT is applicable to all forensic type interview where the interviewer is attempting to make a determination of the interviewee's truthfulness concerning a specific area of inquiry. It can be, and is used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, parole and probation officers, psychologists and therapists, security and private investigators, the legal and business communities.

FAINT incorporates the assessment of nonverbal behavior, projective analysis of unwitting verbal cues, statement analysis and the Morgan Interview Thematic technique (MITT). The text teaches how to combine and apply and quantify these techniques to reach a numerical conclusion to the truthfulness of the interviewee. It also includes a chapter on how to effectively use the interview process to maximize the collection of information from a prospective employee in the pre-employment selection process. The ITT is a ten-step process developed to obtain confessions from deceptive people in a legal and non-coercive way. This process has been taught and utilized around the world for over twenty years.

A revision would allow the following information to be added:

1. A much more in-depth chapter on non-verbal behavior indicative of truth or deception, which would make the book one of the most authoritative writings on this topic, and detailed explanations of the underlying psychophysiological phenomena responsible for it. The authors also recommend increasing the number of photographs in this chapter of the text.

2. Several actual cases the authors have worked on, which would allow the reader a way to practice the skills taught and enhance their confidence and ability to apply the assessment features to their individual situations.

3. Expanded section on analyzing written statements to include both Criteria Based Statement Analysis and Scientific Content Analysis, as well as give some real life statements of cases to allow the reader to apply the lessons taught in the book.

4. Since the publishing of the original text the authors have conducted validity and reliability research on the FAINT assessment, and have developed probability scales that detail the accuracy of decisions made based on their numerical evaluation. They believe this information validated the FAINT process and is extremely important for the readers. In fact it might be more appropriate to include this as an appendix, or encourage the authors to post it on their own website rather than inserting it in the text of the new edition.

5. A new section on instrumental detection of deception and discussion of the use of polygraphs, as well as future trends and experimentation currently being conducted.

- Expanded coverage of Statement Analysis, including actual statements from real cases.
- New photos to aid in assessing nonverbal behavior.
- Added section on assessment of written statements.

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William L. Fleisher is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training. He was the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Philadelphia Office of the U. S. Customs Service. Mr. Fleisher is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and/officer with the Philadelphia Police Department. He has over 33 years of experience in law enforcement.
An internationally recognized expert in Behavioral Symptom Analysis, Mr. Fleisher is the author of the U. S. Customs technical manual on Behavioral Analysis. He is a founder and first Commissioner of the Vidocq Society, an organization of forensic experts who assist law enforcement and victim's families in unsolved homicides and is also a member of the American Polygraph Association. Mr. Fleisher lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife and four children.

Nathan J. Gordon is Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, where he developed the Forensic Assessment Interview and Integrated Interrogation Technique. He is an expert forensic psycho-physiologist and an internationally recognized expert in the field of Forensic Assessment Interviewing and Interrogation. He has lectured and conducted seminars on these subjects to thousands of law enforcement, intelligence and private security officers throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Gordon, a recognized innovator in the field of truth verification, has had his work recognized in publications among which is, Forensic Psychophysiology; Use Of The Polygraph, by James Allen Matte. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Association, numerous committees for the American Polygraph Association, and is a Director of the Vidocq Society. Mr. Gordon lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children, and grandson.

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