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Advanced Interviews and Interrogations  

The reliability of information gathered from victims, witnesses, suspects and informants is a central component of effective criminal investigations. This advanced course builds upon the skills learned in IPTM’s Interviews and Interrogations. We will teach you how to enhance the memory of victims and witnesses and increase the volume and reliability of the information obtained through the interview process.

This course will further enhance your interviewing skills using two highly proven methods of extracting accurate information from individuals: cognitive interviewing, which can enhance the memory and recall of victims and witnesses; and investigative statement analysis, a method for conducting a structured and systematic analysis of written or spoken words. These techniques will improve your ability to identify missing information and distinguish between deception and truthfulness.

We will introduce specialized techniques to use during cognitive interviews that maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of human memory. These techniques lead to more reliable information and a better understanding of how information is processed and communicated from a person’s memory. Utilizing investigative statement analysis allows you to gain valuable insight into a person’s motivations, which can provide you with both psychological and tactical advantages during the interviewing process. You will learn how to identify areas where you will direct your investigation and focus detailed questioning during follow-up interviews.

Throughout the course, you will participate in group and individual exercises to practice and demonstrate what you have learned and improve your active listening skills.

Topics Include

  • Memory and cognition
  • Key components of Cognitive Interviewing
  • Foundation of investigative interviewing
  • Developing and maintaining rapport
  • Enhancing your active listening
  • Effective questioning strategies
  • Key concepts and principles of verbal analysis and deception
  • Personalizing the interview
  • Special issues with victims/witnesses
  • Stages of victimization and the impact on obtaining information
  • Key components of investigative statement analysis
  • Obtaining reliable written statements from people
  • Miller’s law
  • Verbally Evasive Expressions and Responses™ (VEER)
  • Mirror of the Mind

Audience

Patrol officers, first responders, new and seasoned investigators, military investigative personnel as well as any others in the legal system who review or conduct investigations

Course Length

40 hours

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.

 

 

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Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online at www.iptm.org and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for a class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you.

Please do not make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit the Locations/Lodging tab on our website at www.iptm.org or call us at (904) 620-4786.