Friday, January 11, 2013

Analyzing Statement: The Key to Detecting Deception

Illustration of a suspect under a magnifying glass.

Law enforcement officers from across Texas learned a new investigative technique at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas to better analyze statements by victims, witnesses and suspects.

Officers from municipal departments, school districts and college campuses participated in the one day training on Forensic Statement Analysis presented by Richard Whitehead, a 30-year veteran of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Baytown Police Department. He provided tips on how to detect deception and to identify hidden information in a person’s written or spoken statements.

“It’s just another tool for their investigative toolbox,” said Whitehead. “It makes their job easier. It makes the interview much more productive.” . . . Read more. . .