President of LIES, LLC Linguistic Interrogation Expert Services
Why did you join IAI?
I spent over 22 years in law enforcement, and I always had opportunities to upgrade my skills, attend training courses and network with other investigators. When I retired in 2009 to run my own training and consulting company, I found that it was not that easy anymore. There are certainly online groups and social networks to join, but I was attracted to and joined IAI because of their commitment to training and skill development, Elite Training Days, along with networking opportunities, but mostly because of the ethical principles and standards of practice which they exhibit.
What do you think is the biggest value IAI brings to the industry?
The biggest value IAI brings is training and skill development to an area that has largely been neglected within the law enforcement community, which is where I spent more than two decades. Interviewing skills help to set the foundation and direction for investigations, and the information we get through properly conducted interviews and interrogations is invaluable to reaching the truth within any investigative inquiry.
Do you use social media? If so, which ones?
Yes. I am active on:
As well as my Blog: http://truthsleuth.com/blog.html
Did you know IAI was on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn?
Yes, and YouTube as well!
What are some of your career passions?
I am writing two books. One on Investigative Statement Analysis, and the other on Investigative Interviewing, so I am really looking forward to those being completed. I am passionate about bringing my skills and training to law enforcement nationwide, since that is where I dedicated my service for so many years. But I am equally passionate about transitioning the value of what I do and teach into the business world, insurance industry and the financial industry as well. These are “people skills” not just detective skills. Building rapport, effective communication, enhancing memory, developing trust, reading people effectively and distinguishing between truthfulness and deception just to name a few, are skills that most executives would want to have, and they would want their personnel trained with these skills as well. But I am especially passionate about bringing value into the insurance industry which loses billions of dollars needlessly each year to insurance fraud. I have done some analysis of the interviewing process and practices of many insurance adjustors, investigators and SIU personnel, and there is significant room for improvement.
What are you most grateful for throughout your career?
My faith, my family and my friends.
What made you want to start your own company?
Passion. I have a passion for investigative interviewing, criminal interrogation, investigative statement analysis, detecting deception and credibility assessment, so what better way to spend my days than reading, writing, researching, and teaching what I am passionate about!
A little fun facts about you:
Can you identify a learning opportunity you recently participated in that you thought was dynamite?
I find learning opportunities every day. Recently I read an article in Mindful magazine about finding your “sweet spot” in life where you are most effective, productive and happiest. We often get so busy with our work and other stuff in our lives that we lose sight of what’s really important. We often find ourselves being very busy, but at the same time being less productive, because we are not getting the stuff done that matters.
What book are you reading right now?
The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed” by Mark Divine, a former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander.
If you could trade places for a day with anyone, who would it be?
A SEAL Team Leader on a mission to combat terrorists.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you bring?
1) A blow-up raft 2) A paddle 3) Enough food and water to last 6 months!
What’s your favorite movie?
“Heat” with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro.