The Language of Lies: Spotting Indicators of Deception

This CalibrePLUS program is 3-hours and delivered live-online via Webex©


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Course Description

Police Officers must be proficient in the spotting of lies, detecting deception and generally, reading people accurately, in the moment and in context.

Experts believe lying occurs anywhere from as little as two to ten times a day to as many as four to twelve times during a ten-minute conversation.  Most of those lies are insignificant and harmless, what we refer to as “white lies.” Lying is universal, believed in most cases to be an innate need for self-preservation. Sometimes we can spot lies and liars and sometimes we can’t.

Police officers deal with people being untruthful constantly. The ability to ascertain when witnesses, victims and especially suspects are lying is a must for every police officer. While it is impossible to spot lies and liars 100% of the time, it is absolutely possible to learn and then utilize skills in the detecting of deceptive behavior.

This course was created by Lt. Jim Glennon who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, has authored a book on body language, communication and human behavior, taught those subjects as well as Interview & Interrogation and spent a great portion of his 30-year career in investigations, commanding detectives as well as a major crimes task force. The content of this webinar is a result of his experiences and education.

The webinar will include but not be limited to the following topics:

  • Commonalities of human behavior
  • Reading Expressions: Activity in the face; consistent with the situation?
  • The context of behaviors
  • Inconsistencies: Body, Words, Situation
  • Language used and not used
  • Reading People: The Steps
  • Stress signals and deception cues
  • Barriers: The significance for both the interviewer and the interviewee
  • The Interview Setting: Positioning, Props, Questions
  • The Eyes: Sclera, Blink Rate, Hiding, Contact
  • Body Language: Gestures, Stance, Palms, Arms, Feet
  • Anatomical Harmony & Body Unison
  • Psychological & Physiological responses
  • Hands to the Face
  • Verbal Analysis
  • Possessive Language: Yes or No?
  • Analyzing Videos
  • Paralinguistics