Saturday, April 12, 2014
Crisis In Confidence in Law Enforcement
From "affirmative action" programs, where talent is overlooked for political reasons, to the public scandals of FBI "sexting" and Secret Service prostitution parties, right up to failure to prosecute, the public has lost, far and wide, confidence in law enforcement.
Talk to the prosecutor and it is the fault of the investigator.
Talk to the investigator and it is the fault of the prosecutor.
Talk to administration and it is low salaries and ill funding for training.
Talk to teachers and the dumbing down of our schools has given us the Casey Anthony jury.
I'm not sure any cop would say, "When I was a young boy, I couldn't wait to grow up and be a cop, and hide behind a bush, as a grown man, and pull someone over for going 10mph over the limit. Oh the thrill!"
I doubt it was any cop's ambition, yet more and more they are being pushed into the budgetary restraints of 'fund raising' in this manner.
Less and less we are seeing advanced training in interviewing.
Even when Statement Analysis is taught, the seminar is only 2 to 3 days. This is enough time to "learn the chords" or the basics, but the real issue is to get down into the trenches and week by week, month by month, analyze statements until just playing the "chords" on the "guitar" begin to sound like music.
Then comes advanced interviewing training.
The training is not successful without capable students. If departments have deliberately ignored those who scored higher on testing in place of those of different pigmentation or gender, or anything else, they have no one but themselves (or the politicians who push this nonsense down their throats) to blame.
Christopher Dillingham reported what is commonly repeated and evidenced: police score very poorly on deception detection exams as they think everyone is lying.
Once a person is labeled "a liar", there is an emotional shut down, instead of "analytical listening" and content analysis of the words the liar speaks.
It takes lots and lots of practice.
"Discourse Analysis" is nothing more than "Statement Analysis" during, well, discourse, that is while someone is speaking.
It is a learned skill.
Practicing legally sound interviewing, which is non-threatening, and is designed to obtain the most possible information, is key. This is done after the analysis of the written statement and with enough practice, even during the live interview, analysis is being done as key words, recognized in written statements, come to the ear ("left", "so, since, therefore, because...") and even some of the more minor points (body posture, "said" versus "told") come to the ear, live, and can be immediately used in the interview process.
There's far more to the crisis of confidence than just this, but when lesser talent is employed, bullying tactics, ego maniacs, and the natural consequences of arming the less than best and brightest are within our headlines, far too often, for us to discuss.
Perhaps, like so many other 'fads' of political trends, this too, shall pass and the next generation will excise the folly of today, for the wisdom of yesteryear.