There is nothing like, "A to Z" success. It is a complete success and it brings satisfaction that is deep and lasting. In Statement Analysis, "A to Z" has a specific meaning.
When a police officer speaks to anyone and everyone on the job, it is an interview.
At least, this is how it should be viewed and specific training not only provides traction for their careers, but it produces a satisfaction that has few rivals in life: emotional satisfaction of completeness and justice.
The downside is that, outside of generic terms to family, police investigators cannot speak freely, nor even receive credit from the public they serve, as their work is largely confidential, unless it reaches the public via court and media, and by this time, success is viewed as the prosecutor's and not the investigator.
I share here a success that we call, "A to Z Analysis", where a case uses Statement Analysis from the beginning to the successful conclusion, by an unnamed investigator in an unnamed case.
It is shared to inspire others for formal training, and to let the public know of excellence behind the scenes by dedicated professionals.
The investigator received a report of a sexual assault and upon meeting the victim and offering assurance, he instructed her to write out what happened before the case was discussed.
This is step A.
He avoided contamination of a statement by not discussing the case. Anything he says to her can show up in the statement and change the wording from hers to his.
He even told her to begin where she wanted to, avoiding any signals of language to her, and allowing her to choose where she feels most important. He exercised no undue influence over her.
She wrote out a statement in which his training showed him: this is highly deceptive.
His training also told him: believe her, let her words guide him, and where her statement showed reliability, believe her, and where dropped pronouns are so powerfully evident, believe this too, since she is not saying such and such happened.
He then conducted the interview based upon analysis.
This is called "Analytical Interviewing" with the two most powerful questions:
"What happened, next?"
He used her language when it came time to specific questions, and avoided introducing anything new.
In the areas of extreme sensitivity, he simply repeated the questions.
Legally sound, non intrusive, and the subject freely speaks.
Where deception was indicated, he simply went back and asked again...and again.
He then confronted her with the specific portions of deception using her own wording and not his.
He then fulfilled the instruction of Analytical Interviewing by doing something very special.
He became her student.
He asked her why she confessed to him and she said that it was because she knew that he was on to her, and he then let her speak on why she had made a false report, and discerned a terrible need for professional intervention, which, his student-like posture facilitated. She would get the professional help she needed.
But as her student, he let her teach him and here is "Z" in the "A to Z" training.
He has been successfully using Statement Analysis for 13 months, and has been in formalized monthly training.
When she spoke live in the interview, Statement Analysis became Discourse Analysis as he caught the indicators of deception as she spoke them.
It came naturally, or so it seemed. The constant training and the constant work had reached a magical point where, almost unawares, he was analyzing her 'on the fly', or as she spoke.
Z in the A to Z
Having obtained the confession and even given specific direction for professional help. he then had her take him, the student, through the written statement, where she gave reason for each word chosen.
He was able to receive full verification of each highlighted principle in the statement.
It was a marvelous conclusion for him, as all the training came into play, and the proof of principe, displayed for him.
There was no perpetrator in the event; therefore, no possibility of an innocent man being punished. There was, however, a terribly lonely, frightened and troubled woman, in the latter portion of her life, desperate for relevancy who has some serious issues that warrant help; help that he facilitated for her, and help which she was open to due to his professional, kind, empathetic interview.
He asked her where she got the assault story from since it did not come from "experiential memory."
This is a great question.
She said it came from TV shows.
It came from memory, but not experiential memory.
If you are on patrol and wish to advance yourself, the training will prove invaluable. If you are already investigating and if you have good intuition, the training will sharpen your skills to points of accuracy , perhaps, you did not know could exist.
This detective and I spoke about the value of the training for therapists and counselors who 'interview' people all day, every day, similar to patrol, and how this interview showed the desperate need for help this woman had.
He felt a satisfaction that goes beyond any paycheck and his confidence in his training is skyrocketing with each case, but here, in taking the role of student, a citizen in need was not only served with dignity by one who's oath is "to protect and serve", but he, himself, was served with a lesson he will never forget. She took him through her entire statement, line by line, as a favor to him, since he had treated her, in her lies, with such respect and human dignity.
For those who take our training, either through the home course or in their department, we give 12 months of continued support; checking your work, helping prepare for the interview, and then inviting the successful into elite monthly training of live cases with some of the country's best investigators and analysts from both civil and criminal realms. There, they not only analyze statements, but see the psychology behind the words, learn how to interview to get confessions and admissions, as well as move towards identifying anonymous authors.
Tuition is reasonable, with payments available, but the course is not mere introductory nor simple because analysis is hard work, and it take dedication. Many complete a basic course in Academy only to have a piece of paper in their employee file, with no practical application.
Here, we not only have principle, but principle explained, understood, tested, and applied to life. She gave him psychology lessons that will take him time to absorb; what she was experiencing in life related to the words she chose.
This is to help him in his own database of linguistics.
For this investigator, this was his first "A to Z" analysis, where he:
A. Successfully analyzed the statement and conducted the interview accordingly, but
Z. After the confession, he had the subject school him on Statement Analysis. She taught him things about analysis and about himself, that I could not.
It was "win win" in every sense.
I need not to congratulate this officer. His A to Z success does so for us all.
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Should said investigator one day retire from criminal investigating to instructing Statement Analysis, is there a greater compliment to an instructor than to watch a student become his competition?
The "A to Z" Statement Analysis investigation can take many avenues, including those in business and social services. The key components:
1. Obtaining an unadulterated statement
2. Properly analyzing the statement
3. Conducting a legally sound, open ended interview based upon the analysis.
4. If interrogation is needed, using the analysis to confront the subject with his or her own words and own signals of deception.
5. Obtaining a confession or admission.
6. Getting the subject to tell you why he or she confessed at this time, and why to you.
7. Getting the subject to take you, word by word and line by line, through his own statement, to guide and instruct you.
It is a teaching opportunity that is rare and has a life long impression allowing the investigator/analyst/interviewer to gain much insight about self.