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This 3-day course teaches law enforcement personnel enhanced strategic interviewing skills to include: interview preparation, how to build relevant rapport, elicitation techniques, questioning techniques, detecting verbal and nonverbal deception, statement analysis, and how to successfully terminate an interview, to fully prepare for real-life interrogations and interviews. This course is only open to law enforcement personnel and is accredited by DCJS. 


  • Interview Preparation: Participants will learn how to fully prepare for an interview. We will discuss topics such as desired traits of a successful interviewer, room set up, recording devices, legal issues, note taking, working with multiple interviewers and interpreters, creating flexible questioning outlines, uses ruses and perfecting your approach style. Participants will learn how to structure an interview by using the hourglass technique to ease concerns and increase cooperation. By preparing for the “what ifs,” interviewers can effectively handle unanticipated situations such as when the interviewee shuts down, refuses talk or becomes irritated and confrontational. 

  • How to Build Relevant Rapport: Every interview, no matter how much time you have, must include attempts at establishing rapport with the interviewee.  A suspect will not tell you the truth if they do not want to. Also, rapport will create and maintain a non-accusatory atmosphere to help gain trust, cooperation and information.  Rapport is essential and no interview should be conducted without it. Participants will see the consequences of a real-world interview there the interviewee shuts down and the interviewers were unsuccessful at obtaining information.  Participants will also see a real-world example of how rapport led to a confession of murder and location of the deceased individuals. Participants will learn body language dos and don’ts to gain trust and cooperation. 

  • Elicitation Techniques: Participants will also learn elicitation techniques to relax the interviewee and obtain information without having to ask questions. Elicitation is an operational tool that exploits aspects of human psychology; certain aspects of which make human sources vulnerable to elicitation techniques. Elicitation is an effective tool to gain information indirectly so that you do not have to ask a question.  Asking questions can sometimes sound accusatory and sometimes identify what we don’t know.  Too many questions can make the interviewee feel like they are being interrogated. These elicitation techniques will encourage an interviewee to provide more information because elicitation conceals our true intentions and objectives, thus, keeping the interviewee relaxed and calm. 

  • Questioning Techniques: Participants will learn how to effectively extract information by using non-accusatory questioning techniques to fully exploit truthful information. Participants will learn to use effective questions types and techniques while avoiding ineffective question types that waste time, cause frustration, feed information and can trigger false confessions.  By asking good questions participants will collect pertinent, non-biased information, increase positive relationships and avoid the misinformation effect. Participants will be given four go-to questions to ask when they suspect a person is lying to them and three go-to statements to say once they spot the lie to get to the truth. Participants will be tested on their questioning skills in classroom exercises. Participants will also analyze and critique interviewing techniques in a real-world case studies.

  • Detecting Verbal and Nonverbal Deception: Participants will learn how to read body language and how stress affects body language. Participants will learn about the different types of liars and the correlation between nonverbal indicators of deception.  By using my ‘Rule of 3’ to accurately detect verbal and nonverbal indicators of deception, participants will be able to observe the indicators taught to them in class, in others. Participants will be tested on their observation and detecting deception skills through videos and classroom exercises. 

  • Statement Analysis: Statement analysis is a term coined by Mark McClish, former U.S. Marshall. It is an accurate way to detect deception in both written and spoken statements.Participants will learn how to conduct statement analysis in order to identify indicators of deception. Participants will be required to conduct a thorough statement analysis in a classroom exercise.  In the final exercises, participants will accurately, and quickly, detect deceptive indicators, both verbal and nonverbal, in each other by assessing baseline behaviors then analyzing all possible indicators of deception, matching their verbal and nonverbal responses, while conducting statement analysis and formulating follow-up questions to catch others in their lies.

  • How to Successfully Terminate an Interview: Participants will learn how to end, or terminate, an interview on a positive note so that the person feels good about confessing and looks to the interviewer as the person who released the burden of guilt. Participants will prepare to leave the interviewee open to follow-on interrogations or interviews and re-contact.

This course requires active participation; it is not a series of lectures. It is designed to put the participants in uncomfortable situations to see how they react and how they can effectively utilize their new skills. During this course the participants will conduct detecting deception and questioning exercises on each other, so there are no role players. Participants will see real indicators of deception and have to determine lies and gather information from unwitting participants. Participants will receive a training certificate.  

Please contact Investigative Concepts​ to register for a class, host a class, or for more information.




This is a 3-day course. Please contact Investigative Concepts​ to obtain a full course description, to register for the class, host a class, or for any additional information.  This course is open to law enforcement personnel only who have successfully completed SLIC. This course builds upon the concepts taught in SLIC as well as teaches more advanced interviewing skills such as using specific techniques to discover needs and motivations that lead to a confession, using specialized skills to effectively handle the breaking point and learning more advanced detecting deception techniques such as the nine deceptive languages liars tend to use and specific grammatical indicators of deception.  The first day is spent in a classroom environment and the second and third days are spent conducing real-world elicitation activities and in the booth conducting interviews. 

ADVANCED STATEMENT ANALYSIS COURSE (ASAC)                                                                                     

This is a 2-day course. Please contact Investigative Conceptsto obtain a full course description, to register for the class, host a class, or for any additional information. You do not need to have attended SLIC to attend this course.  This course covers verbal indicators of deception in depth and after participants learn all of the indicators, they will be required to successfully conduct statement analysis individually in classroom exercises. 

LEADERSHIP SKILLS COURSE (LSC) for Law Enforcement Supervisors                       

This is a 3-day course. Please contact Investigative Conceptsto obtain a full course description, to register for the class, host a class, or for any additional information. You do not need to have attended SLIC to attend this course.  A full course description is coming soon.