Forensic Statement Analysis is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception and the identification of hidden information in a person’s written or spoken statements. The analysis involves critically examining the word choice, structure, and content of a person’s statement to determine whether it is truthful or deceptive. As people intentionally attempt to be deceitful, they use different words, phrases, statement structure, and content in their statements.
In plain English…. this course will teach you, one technique at a time, how to identify when and where someone is lying to you in a statement. Then when you conduct your interview, based on the findings from your analysis, it can be much more direct and fruitful.
Using Forensic Statement Analysis (a series of layered techniques) you will identify the linguistic signals that differentiate deceptive statements from truthful ones as your suspect subconsciously reveals information, he or she did not intend for you to know. This course is very interactive with significant hands-on, statement analysis practice
The course will examine verbal and nonverbal communication relating to increasing investigators’ ability to recognize and capitalize on indicators of deception in their interaction with suspects, witnesses and victims. Participants will discuss emotion and whether a specific emotion is appropriate for specific circumstances. Those in the class will view and discuss real examples via videos and photos of expressions and body language used in high stakes situations.
The course will provide an in-depth exploration of how and why people choose they words the say or write in various situations. Students will learn how to analyze word choice and narrative balance in order to better understand the investigative trail left by anyone who would attempt to deceive. Participants will also learn to detect indicators of truth-telling to assist in quickly assessing credibility. The course will examine the spoken and/or written words used by real suspects, witnesses and victims in actual cases worked by the instructors.
This portion of the course will allow students to analyze actual written statements and determine areas of truthfulness and areas that may need further exploration. Since these statements are from actual past investigations the outcomes are known so your evaluation can gain real and factual feedback.
Interview and Interrogations
“If you’re going to interview, interview. If you’re going to interrogate, interrogate.” There are two important parts of this lesson. The first is that there are significant procedural differences between interviewing and interrogation. The second is that if these procedures are intermingled, the investigator will often be ineffective in accomplishing the goals of either one.
This portion will discuss question formulation how to interact with a suspect for a confession.
North Carolina State University – BA, Criminal Justice/Political Science
FBI National Academy – 251st Session
Marine Corps University – MA Military Studies
Licenses and Certifications:
POST Certified Missouri Peace Officer since November 2016– POST ID # 66656
Licensed/Insured Private Investigator since April 2017– Missouri License # 2017011485
Mark is currently a partner in the firm of Weber & Associates. The firm provides consultation for law enforcement agencies and truth verification and investigative services for insurance companies, attorneys, and financial institutions. Weber & Associates develops and presents law enforcement training to jurisdictions throughout the Midwest. Most of the firm’s training focuses on the staffing and operations of jail facilities with special emphasis on practices that limit the facility’s liabilities in connection with conditions of confinement.
Mark’s advanced training includes the FBI National Academy’s Interviewing and Interrogations Advanced Seminar, Interviewing Strategies through Statement Analysis and Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication courses. He has also completed the Internal Affairs Investigator’s Course, the Hostage Negotiation Commander’s Course and the High Threat Protective Operations Course. Mark has been certified by the National Institute of Truth Verification, qualifying him to administer computer voice stress analysis as a method of detecting deception.
Mark has served as a Watch Commander, Special Operations Officer, Services Officer, Patrol Division Commander and as Chief of Police for two Marine Corps Installations. He has enjoyed passing along leadership lessons and operational experience, serving those who serve since joining the firm in the winter of 2016.
This 3-day course is a hands on statement analysis course. Students will be analyzing numerous actual statements both verbal and written throughout the course . Limited Availability.
This 3-day course is a hands on statement analysis course. Students will be analyzing numerous actual statements both verbal and written throughout the course .