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FORENSIC STATEMENT ANALYSIS: : Detecting Deception in Criminal Investigations (Registration Opens July 10, 2023)
Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - Fri, Aug 25, 2023

Cost: $50

Location: Boerne Police Department  124 Old San Antonio Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

In many instances, law enforcement officers have limited opportunities to interview witnesses to crimes or interrogate suspects that are under arrest. It is critical that officers obtain a truthful and accurate account of what occurred. This can be accomplished by strategically planning the interview/interrogation and understanding the importance rapport building plays in getting a truthful statement.

Officers should also recognize the importance of developing baseline behavior when conducting interviews/interrogations. If an officer doesn't know how a person behaves or responds when telling the truth, it will be difficult to detect deception. Detailed information will be presented on proper ways to establish baseline behavior, as well as learning how to identify deception in written statements based on the individual's lack of self-reference, use of verb tense, and their use of equivocation.

Officers will also learn how to reliably recognize and understand verbal and non-verbal cues of deception. The instructor will illustrate various verbal and non-verbal indicators of deception using video-recorded interviews of actual witnesses and suspects. Practical scenarios will also be used to reinforce the lecture. Topics covered include;

  • Verbal Indicators of Deception
  • Non-Verbal Indicators of Deception
  • Indicators of Deceit in Written Statements
  • Rapport Building
  • Establishing Baselines
  • Anatomical Indicators of Stress
  • Recognizing Verbal Indicators of Truthful Statements

The instructor, Dr. Anita Seamans, has been teaching issues in criminal investigation for over 27 years and is a 32-year law enforcement veteran. Dr. Seamans earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2011 and has been an instructor at the AACOG Police Academy, Our Lady of the Lake University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a national instructor for Professional Law Enforcement Training. Dr. Seamans is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served as the Director of the Southwest Regional Academy in Mancos, Colorado. She recently retired as the director of the Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy located in Southwest Colorado. Dr. Seamans worked for the Live Oak Police Department for 31 years and was a member of the criminal investigation unit for 20 years. She has investigated a wide range of criminal cases, including capital murder, sexual assault, robbery, negligent homicide, child abuse, credit card fraud, drug offenses, burglary, and theft. She participated in a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team and served that team as a combat medic, sniper, sniper team leader, assistant commander, and commander. Dr. Seamans is a recognized expert in questioned document examination and handwriting comparison.  She was assigned to the F.B.I. task force "Innocent Images," where she served for 18 months and was also assigned to a D.E.A. task force in 2014. Dr. Seamans has been featured on the television series "I almost got away with it", "Women Behind Bars," and "Dr. G Medical Examiner".

Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

Payment by credit card should be made at the time of registration. Payment by check should be received before the class date, however payment by check or cash may be made at the beginning of class.

Cancellations should be made as soon as possible in order to allow those students on a waiting list time to register and pay for the class. Cancellations made two weeks prior to class will be eligible for a refund. Cash, Check and credit card payments are refundable, however convenience fees associated with credit card payments are non-refundable.

We understand situations arise where cancellation is necessary. However, repeated cancellations may affect future attendance in other classes.

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