Instruction & Operational Support Branch
The Instruction & Operational Support Branch (IOS) provides students from federal law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies with graduate level academic education in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD). The IOS Branch is also responsible for the curriculum development, review, maintenance, and implementation of the advanced courses in PDD and related polygraph oriented disciplines that constitute the Continuing Education Program. In addition, members of the instructional faculty provide specialized assistance to the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) ensuring Federal agency compliance with all applicable Federal polygraph program policies, practices, and procedures. The IOS Branch also supports the NCCA Research Branch by participating in various polygraph research studies and providing peer reviews of solicited and unsolicited research proposals and other initiatives.
The IOS Branch is also the national focal point for polygraph and credibility assessment (CA) countermeasure detection and awareness activities and provides polygraph support in the form of operational and technical advice and assistance to strategic counterintelligence and law enforcement efforts.
- Develop and periodically update the courses and curriculum for the 520 hour PDD course.
- Conduct four 14-week iterations of the PDD course per year.
- Provide the initial training for all federal PDD examiners.
- Provide the initial training for state and local law enforcement PDD examiners on a space-available basis.
- Develop, review, and provide PDD Continuing Education courses to federal PDD examiners.
- Maintain the Continuing Education program and records for all federal PDD examiners.
- Assist with the validation of new Credibility Assessment (CA) techniques.
- Support research of new CA systems and methods.
- Provide assistance to federal polygraph programs upon request.
- Provide comprehensive and refresher PDD countermeasure and counter-countermeasure instruction for Federal examiners.
- Collect, maintain, and analyze field data to identify and report trends.
- Conduct initial investigation and analysis into PDD techniques, sensors, and equipment.
- Conduct initial investigation and analysis into CA methods, techniques, sensors, and equipment.
- Investigate, develop, and provide specialized and advanced CA instruction in methods and techniques to assist intelligence, security and law enforcement operations.
- Provide training at national CI training sites, as requested, in support to sensitive operations.
- Advise polygraph programs and senior leadership on polygraph policies and procedures.
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