Saturday, April 1, 2017
Statement Analysis Training Opportunities
Statement Analysis is the science of analyzing words for both deception and content.
The formal training is challenging but any committed intelligent person who applies himself can become proficient at detecting deception, given the necessary experience in training.
Initially, training is done in both seminar and in home setting, via MP3 lectures and workbook. With this comes a free invitation to our live online training at Go To Meeting.
It is here where the student not only gets to put his work to the test, but to work with other analysts via submitting comments and questions.
Most who attend their free session end up with at least a one year subscription to the training. I often warn new enrollees that it is "addicting."
The thrill of solving a case is special, but when the analysis leads to a conviction for dedicated law enforcement professionals and for society? It is beyond thrilling; it is deeply satisfying.
We now offer several different live on line trainings designed for accommodating both differences in time zones as well as differences in experience. Students from the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bosnia, South Africa, Australia and so on, are bringing valuable background, experiences and knowledge to our teams.
Those who have spent at least a year (60 hours) in live training move from deception detection to content analysis to psycho-linguistic profiling. Here, they work on anonymous author identification and threat assessment analysis. This means that an anonymous threatening letter will reveal 4 things about the author:
1. His background--sex, age, race etc
2. His experiences in life and work, personal and professional, military, civilian, socio-economic status, education, intellect, etc.
3. His motive or priorities
4. His distinct personality traits.
The anonymous author reveals his identity in the statement.
Their success is something to behold.
Company Receives Anonymous Threatening Letter
An angry employee sent an anonymous letter to a company after an event in which the company went through re-structuring, including both terminations and promotions. The "trigger" (a profound event that causes one to write and mail an anonymous letter) was this combination: some losing their jobs, while others being promoted. Our author was not promoted.
This week, an experienced and top quality Statement Analyst instructor and investigator emailed me regarding recent challenging work.
He said that he had now gone through 3 full rounds (18+ hours) of analysis of the exact same statement with teams. His conclusion at the end of the first round was correct: he identified an author of an anonymous letter. His work was sound.
He wrote to address the value of repetition and how amazed he was that by the third round of analysis he had found so much more content, even though the author was already identified. On top of this, some of the distinct principles that apply only in anonymous author identification have now been more embraced due to the understanding that comes through application. (This is different than non-threatening anonymous author identification, such as "whistle-blowers" who's motive is different than one who makes a threat).
I readily agreed.
Because of this, students and analysts have inquired about attending more than one training session per month, thus this announcement.
We will now offer additional online training dates per month in which a 2nd yearly subscription will be available at 50% off.
With the yearly subscription, the analyst knows which day each month his training is and knows that if work or personal schedule preclude attendance, the investment is not lost; it may be made up in another training session, or added to the subscription.
If your department will host a seminar, or if you wish to study at home, go to Hyatt Analysis Services for more detail, as well as search this blog ("training"). Tuition payment plan available for law enforcement.
Please note that our Advanced Course is not for sale to the general public. This is only for those who have been successful in the "Complete Statement Analysis Course." Without this foundation, the material will not be understood, and can lead to error.
For those with professional licenses, CEUs (Continuing Educational Units) are available through the accreditation of University of Maine in our live online training.
In this training you will work with a team no larger than 12, and will work on statements (including some live, confidential criminal cases) to learn:
Did the suspect commit the crime?
If so, why did he do it?
When did he do it?
How did he do it?
From there, the advanced analysis will produce a profile which allows the investigator to commit to not only an overall strategy, but to ask specific questions (tactics) to bring about a confession or an admission.
The pinnacle of this work is the "Linguistic Detective."
As others have said, the ability to identify the author of an anonymous threatening letter is tremendously satisfying.
It is here that we not only assess the threat level, but we do so not only based upon the strength of the language, but upon the specific personality traits of the author.
Here is where the varied background of team's analysts presents richness, including therapists, business experts, security, lawyers, and other professionals who rely upon communication. They are mixed male and female, each with their sex' unique perspective and understanding.
Combined with law enforcement, as one said recently:
"I would not want to be a criminal coming up against this team."
The formal training begins with commitment.