Friday, November 4, 2016
The Value of Certification in Analysis
In formal training, we offer certification in Statement Analysis for those who fulfill the following:
Statement Analyst I
Successful completion of the Statement Analysis course, including tests and final exam;
A minimum of 60 hours of post course live training; These hours are eligible for CEUs from the University of Maine's Continuing Educational Units for professional licenses.
Recommendation of 2 professional investigative analysts.
This certification is only worth what we, the analysts and investigators, declare it to be by our results. Certification is a public statement that the person is certified to work professional in detecting deception and is likely to run at or near 100% accuracy and is useful for their resume and career advancement as they accurately discern deception from truth.
When one is enrolled in training, they automatically receive 12 months of ongoing support meaning that, in all practicality, they are most likely to never submit an errant report. To teach the basics of analysis and leave the investigator on his own is, as an analysis instructor and deception detection expert said, like having one perform surgery on you who just learned how to use his knife.
What is the value of certification in detecting deception?
The value is in our work, and this puts "interest" into the assistance of others. Analysts know the hard work put into reaching this point, and value the support they give each other. They have a most vested motive in supporting each other, as a reputation is established over the certification.
The Statement Analyst II certification is in advanced techniques, content analysis, and in psycho-linguistic profiling which identifies anonymous authors, assesses threat levels and prepares the strategy towards the confession.
This takes a minimum of 2 years commitment including 120 hours of live training, completion of all work, and a thesis paper approved by three professionals.
The exciting element for law enforcement, in particular, is the immediate application of work.
The new student can (and does) immediately apply his knowledge and receives support in his work, beginning with his first investigation.
Upon being assigned, he now seeks a statement from the subject before the interview.
Therefore, in an assault case, rather than interview the victim and alleged perpetrator, he has each write out a statement and goes to work on analyzing it.
With the support given him, he will know the truth before he interviews both, and will know precisely where to aim his questions.
Knowing "who done it" before the interview is to fill the investigator with resolve to the point that he is going to get the information he needs.
The success is exhilarating and...
it never gets old.
The online training sells itself and we often warn new analysts that it is addicting. Once entered, an investigator or analyst may consider it ongoing in life, as analysis can be as complex as human nature itself. It is here that we work on actual cases of investigators as well as requests from departments from around the nation.
Who seeks outside assistance in an investigation?
This is an interesting question.
Sometimes, law enforcement can get a bad reputation for being unwilling to seek assistance, or help other law enforcement agencies. It is something that is often magnified by Hollywood and, like anything else in large quantity, can happen, but it is not the norm.
An investigation is a quest, with a competitive drive beneath it, to "win." To "win" or obtain victory, is to obtain justice. It is to:
Know when someone is lying.
Know how to interview the liar.
Know how to obtain an admission or confession.
Know how to present this to a prosecutor for justice.
Know how to properly testify in court.
Those who seek assistance are those who are strong. They see the cause of justice and will seek assistance for the fulfillment of this purpose.
There are those who, in training, lack a filter in a most specific area: the area of questions.
We often hear the phrase "he lacks a filter" meaning that one may lack self awareness or emotional intelligence, but it is in the realm of asking questions that the "lack of filter" is so useful.
This is the investigator who wants an answer more than he wants to appear smart. This is why it is a strength.
When a captain or chief seeks assistance on a case, he knows who to assign such a case to. It cannot go to one who's competitiveness is a weakness, rather than a strength. It goes to one who's drive for justice is such that he feels no territorial boundary, and is often the investigator, himself or herself, that his willing to assist others. The strength comes from the humility: no one knows all.
With analysis, it is routine that any work is checked by at least one other professional.
When submitting a final report to an investigator, I get at least one other analyst to review my work, because, what matters is justice.
But there is more.
When time is not a pressing issue, I like to submit my work for close up scrutiny by other professionals. A classroom setting, or team analysis is a perfect setting for this. By allowing trained investigators and analysts to not only review point by point, but to scrutinize the conclusion, allows for growth.
This becomes the norm for analysts. It presupposes strength and humility: the very same traits that brought him or her into training in the first place.
As the analyst grows in his or her success, they by nature of the even flow within overseeing and supporting each others' work, volunteer to help others.
As fellow investigators see the growing track record of success, they naturally seek out help because they, too, want to be successful.
To host a training seminar, or to personally take upon yourself training in deception detection, visit Hyatt Analysis Services. We offer tuition payment plans and discounts for law enforcement.
The complete Statement Analysis course is not a "101" or introductory course, and it is challenging. It is the prerequisite for the Advanced Course. Those who have had SCAN or other solid training often enter in with a strong foundation and do well in this course and by the time they begin the Advanced Course, they are ready for profiling and anonymous author identification. Reaching this far into the science, they find lie detection rather simple, in most cases, and are ready to learn the specifics within sexual assault cases.
Sex crimes analysis is something that must go beyond "101" training, lest error will enter. Yet, without a solid foundation, the elements in advanced work will not be present.
'Line upon line; precept upon precept', we move from basic, to advanced, yet finding success along the way.
The value of certification is found in the quality of the work.
As long as analysts are willing to subject their work to healthy scientific scrutiny, expect the value to increase.