Sunday, September 25, 2016

HIDTA: Phoenix, Arizona (Chandler)

HIDTA, or The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program provides both strong and broad training for law enforcement that is often staffed by former law enforcement (retired) and other professionals who provide invaluable and specialized training.  

In the most recent training semester in Phoenix, Arizona, (Chandler) I had the opportunity to meet some of the professionals and those who attended the training. 

It is impressive. 

The students, at the end of a two week training program, and within hours of catching flights home, were, nonetheless, eager and active participants in deception detection training, digging intensely into statements to go beyond the simple 'truth or deception' level and into content analysis. They brought valuable real life experiences to the training, and quickly established an encouraging atmosphere of commenting, question and answer.  Some new to statement analysis training, still generated insightful commenting, and learned how a formalized system supports both their initial law enforcement training (many with Reid) but also their own instincts developed from experience.  It is, in this sense, to put principle into talent and experience, to have a disciplined approach to accuracy.  

Intense, but sometimes humorous, the input was both edifying and valuable with natural talent for analysis rising to the surface. 

For example, I was referencing the 'Baby Ayla' case where I gave the father's quote as "Contrary to rumors floating around out there, I have been cooperating with Waterville police..." and had not finished writing out the statement on the white board before one young analyst called out, "check water!" 

I turned and asked, "Who said that?" impressed at the listening skill just demonstrated.  The young analyst was thrilled to have instinctively picked upon 'leakage' within a statement.  

This became a pattern as the training progressed.  

A detection deception expert, Joelle Sweeney, had shared an excellent sample with me, with permission to use it in the training.  Due to its depth, I saved it for the end of the training and although it was challenging, the class pushed forward, digging and digging at it, until both truth and deception were properly identified.  Beyond this, they explored the personality of the subject, a 17 year old female, involved in the drug world, and expressed the proper empathy for both analysis ("the expected") and service (caring law enforcement professions not only 'serve'; they protect).  

The conclusion was:

Deception detected;
Identification of the subject's experiences, childhood, parental relations, and finally, insight to garner enough a personality profile.  

HIDTA trainees, by necessity, need to recognize the language of addiction.  

The deceptive patterns of addicts is something crucial in identifying more than just deception.  This paves the way for the interview and interrogation that awaits the analyst and/or investigator. 

The class, in spite of fatigue, worked through the statements marvelously.  

The professionals who administrate the trainings spend two intense weeks with the students and the bonding is evident.  Sharing similar experiences, the support goes beyond the high level training, but extends to everything from emotional support to providing resources for further training and even letters of reference.  Career advice for budding professionals, alone, is invaluable.  

The attendees, after 2 weeks of constantly working together, established friendships and bonds that serve both personal and professional needs as they strongly identify with their work, as a calling more than just a profession.   

The Phoenix HIDTA training center is a welcoming, high-tech, comfortable training facility conducive to study and advancement.  

Below is a short clip from  Interested professionals are strongly encouraged to seek out the training.  

One of the most repeated themes is to prepare oneself for future career moves that are unexpected.  In meeting the professional men and women at the training, more than a few spoke of receiving training in areas not currently used in anticipation for the unknown future ahead of them.  

As one studies areas that are not currently within their own scope of work, the professional prepares for a future that is excitedly open to variables. 

As Bob Dylan said, "it is a perfect time for anything to happen."

These men and women are dedicated to the professionals they guide; visit the website here for Training Opportunities.  Take advantage of anything offered.  

Although we are involved in advanced training, we will continue with the general training of Statement Analysis.  Those who have gone through the course and live training  find themselves prepared for future possibilities, yet unknown.  The initial course is thorough, challenging, and comes with 12 months of e-support.  It also is a prerequisite for the live, on going  trainings that are held monthly.  

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.
The purpose of the program is to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:
  • Facilitating cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;
  • Enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;
  • Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and
  • Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.
There are currently 28 HIDTA’s, which include approximately 17.6 percent of all counties in the United States and a little over 63.5 percent of the U.S. population.  HIDTA-designated counties are located in 48 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. View a map of the HIDTAs here.
Each HIDTA assesses the drug trafficking threat in its defined area for the upcoming year, develops a strategy to address that threat, designs initiatives to implement the strategy, proposes funding needed to carry out the initiatives, and prepares an annual report describing its performance the previous year.  A central feature of the HIDTA program is the discretion granted to the Executive Boards to design and implement initiatives that confront drug trafficking threats in each HIDTA.  The program’s 59 Intelligence and Investigative Support Centers help HIDTA’s identify new targets and trends, develop threat assessments, de-conflict targets and events, and manage cases.

HIDTA Activities

The HIDTA program funds 737 initiatives throughout the country, including:
  • Enforcement initiatives comprising multi-agency investigative, interdiction, and  prosecution activities;
  • Intelligence and information-sharing initiatives;
  • Support for programs that provide assistance beyond the core enforcement and intelligence and information-sharing initiatives; and
  • Drug use prevention and drug treatment initiatives.


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Anonymous said...

Do you have any Statement Analyses where you have specifically covered the language of deception in its relationship to addiction? I would love to read those. Thanks,

Anonymous said...

Anon@ 11:50

Substance abuse. The list is endless. What is your "personal, internal subjective definition of "addiction" Anything specific?

Anonymous said...

Good question. I am interested in language of deception where there is substance abuse with alcohol and drug addicitons.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

In the Advanced Course we begin exploration of the language of addiction (substance abuse) and later, in a specific "Distinctive", the statements used highlight substance abuse specifically.

There are linguistic indicators and specific patterns to follow. The student needs a solid base in S/A first, though.


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Nic said...


Marion Cotillard’s Boyfriend, Guillaume Canet, Responds To Brangelina Affair Rumors

Cotillard and Canet, who have a child together, are apparently better matched than we thought ― on Friday, he shared a similar message on social media decrying the evils of tabloid culture and singing Cotillard’s praises.

“I don’t usually make it a habit to comment on rumors made about us,” Canet wrote in French, under an Instagram photo of a “Danger” sign, Entertainment Tonight wrote. “I also don’t usually talk about my private life, which, until now, I have always attentively protected.”

“But the fury of the tabloids, the venal stupidity of some people calling themselves journalists, the internet trolls who feel braver behind a keyboard, drive me to speak of the pride, love, respect and admiration I have for Marion staying strong and intelligent in the face all these stupid and unfounded accusations,” he wrote.

“I think we’re all living with much more important things at the moment and now it’s time to move on and raise the bar a bit,” he continued. “Even if that’s a lot of work for some, I want to be positive. And as Marion said so well, I hope you get better and aspire to something more in your life than constantly sending shit!”

No denial here. Sounds more like a "prove it" response to me. I'd like to hear some analysis on the type of signage he chose to use to couple his public statement. There is the "sh!t" emoji he could have chosen, instead. :0)

John Mc Gowan said...

OT Update:

Terri Horman talks with Dr. Phil about missing Kyron Horman

9/26/16 – On September 22, 2016, Terri Horman the step mother of Kyron Horman who went missing in 2010, was on the Dr. Phil show. One of the things that were brought up was the Polygraph test that Terri took.

Terri, herself said she was told that she had failed the first two of the polygraph tests and she walked out on the third. She stated that she had her back to the polygrapher when she was taking the test and because she was hard of hearing and that is why she failed. Dr. Phil asked if it was established before the test she wasn’t hearing well and Terri said yes. Terri stated the question she failed was whether Kyron was in the truck with her. She didn’t state whether she told the polygrapher no or yes.

A landscaper told authorities that Terri wanted to hire him to murder her husband at the time, Kaine. Terri told Dr. Phil that she did not attempt to hire any one to kill her husband. She said that it was not true and it retribution by the landscaper because the landscaper made advances towards her and she rebuked him.

The September 21 episode is below:

Running time 41:30

Nic said...

Thanks, John!

Anonymous said...

There was a fascinating programme on UK television this week about a man called Roger Kearney who claims he is falsely imprisoned for the murder of his mistress, Paula Poolton. Evidence in the case is minimal and largely circumstantial. During the programme we heard him talk by telephone to the lady investigating his case for appeal. Although he maintains his innocence (to the point that he will not apply for parole) some of the statements he made rang alarm bells. I would love to hear your take on it!

GeekRad said...

Thanks John!!!!

Anonymous said...



Man rescued after week in raft returned to shore in Boston, will speak to investigators
Nathan Carman found; Linda Carman missing

A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter has arrived at a Boston Coast Guard base.

Nathan Carman was transported by a Coast Guard vessel from the freighter to the base at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. He and his mother set off for a fishing trip Sept. 18., but their boat sank. He was discovered in a life raft Sunday, but his mother hasn't been found and is presumed dead.

The 22-year-old man from Vernon was dressed in a white jumpsuit and appeared healthy and alert, but he did not speak publicly.

He was immediately taken to a Coast Guard vehicle and driven to a building on the base, where he will be questioned by Coast Guard officials.

He will also meet with his family and a lawyer.

Nathan Carman was also the object of a search in 2011, when he was 17. At the time, his parents said he vanished after he became distraught over the death of his horse. He was found several days later in Sussex County, Virginia.

The family was also struck by tragedy in 2013 when Linda Carman's 87-year-old father, John Chakalos, of Windsor, Connecticut, was found fatally shot in his home. The death was ruled a homicide; no arrest has been made. Earlier this year, the family offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of Chakalos' killer.

Anon "I" said...

My first instinct was to think people with Asperger's can function quite well and can actually thrive in spite of it. Then, I read about the horse, grandpa's murder, and the mother lost at sea. Those are all topics I would like to hear more about... odd coink-adinks.

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Anonymous said...

Are the clintons addicted to political power and self celebrity?

Anonymous said...

Where oh where are the US crimesolvers today? Asleep? 12 hrs of TV?