This course is a scientific, investigative tool used to analyze written and/or oral statements taken from a person of “interest.” That person need not be the suspect of criminal activity, but alter- natively, it works equally well with statements from victims, complainants, and/or witnesses since the ultimate goal is to identify the truth. And because there is no initial “one-on-one” contact with the person, it eliminates or holds to minimum biases, prejudices, and preconceived judgments that oftentimes affect an investigator’s judgment. FSA systematically determines the use and omissions of specific words, phrases, content, grammar, and other identifiers to determine a truthful, balanced statement. A person’s own words will ultimately and unwittingly betray them as they provide indicators of deception through their hidden clues of “omissions,” “improper changes in language,” “lack of commitment,” as well as identifying close and distant relationships to other persons, objects, and events. These and many other indicators are made obvious and readily identifiable to the trained investigator. In advanced applications, statements can also be converted into numbers whereby they are subjected to a mathematical formula resulting in three numbers to determine a balanced statement. Attendees are further challenged to perform verbal analysis through the viewing of actual videotaped oral interviews to support the effectiveness of FSA. To further reinforce their proficiencies and understanding of these concepts, attendees are assigned individual homework.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance and the process by which they will solicit a verbal or written statement.
  • Explain the methodology and reasoning of “rationalization” and recognize indicator.
  • Use FSA to analyze every word using five colored highlighters that are assigned to specific parts of speech and grammar.
  • Detect the truth and deception by then carefully preparing questions to aid them in verifying the information provided by the subject as well as identifying missing information within that statement to further their investigation.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 3 days/24 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Support (human resource personnel), Military (investigators).