Courses Available to Federal Law Enforcement/Counterintelligence Personnel

Prerequisites

In certain cases, these courses may be open to civilian law enforcement personnel who are employed full time by a single department or agency. Tuition payment is required for non-Federal personnel.

Course Listing and the Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Advanced Sex Crimes Investigations Course (CE 813) (40 CEH)
Asset Forfeiture (CE 852) (24 CEH)
Credibility Assessment Through Linguistic Analysis(CE 834) (40 CEH)
Domestic Terrorism (CE 850) (40 CEH)
Dynamics of Terrorism (CE 855) (40 CEH)
Advanced Interviews and Interrogation: Analytical Perspectives in the Detection of Deception (CE 972) (24 CEH)
Interviews and Interrogations (INTEL) (CE 863) (40 CEH)
Kinesic Interview Techniques (CE 841) (40 CEH)
Neurolinguistic Patterning and PDD (CE 856) (24 CEH)
Street Gangs and Organized Crime (CE 854) (40 CEH)

Course Descriptions

ADVANCED SEX CRIMES INVESTIGATIONS COURSE (CE 813) (40 CEH)

This course is for the criminal investigator and PDD examiner involved in the area of sex crime investigations. Making use of a variety of adjunct faculty members, students will be afforded instruction in understanding the psychology associated with sex offenders and the deviant behavior in which they engage. Presentations will be focused on various topics to include Internet child pornography investigation methodology, credibility assessment through linguistic analysis in sex offense investigations, interrogation strategies, PDD test question construction, and the role of polygraph in sex offense investigations. Legal aspects of sex offenses from the perspective of the defense counsel, prosecutor, and judge will be explored.

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ASSET FORFEITURE (CE 852) (24 CEH)

This seminar will provide managers, agents, Federal attorneys, and investigative support staff with advanced techniques used in asset seizure and forfeiture investigations. Instructors will discuss the impact of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 on the asset forfeiture program. The use of the polygraph as an investigative tool in the search for hidden assets will be discussed and demonstrated. Additional topics covered at the seminar will include recent Supreme Court decisions, relevant statutes, database information systems, international forfeitures and repatriations, victims issues, Bank Privacy Act, FinCen, FMIR reports, CTR/CMIRS, and credit reports. The course will incorporate a combination of investigations as case studies, lectures, and breakout group exercises. 

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CREDIBILITY ASSESSMENT THROUGH LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS (CE 834) (40 CEH)

This course is an introduction for the experienced investigator who routinely takes or reviews statements of witnesses, victims, and suspects. The course provides the tools necessary to obtain and analyze the veracity of written statements. The principles of these approaches are supplemented with practical exercises to provide the student with experience and confidence in the procedures. The initial eight hours of the course are utilized to lay a foundation for credibility assessment through linguistic analysis. The final 32 hours are an in-depth analysis of the language used in open statements, and how changes in that language can be used to assess their credibility. More than 40 statements are analyzed using Credibility Assessment through Linguistic Analysis in order to provide practical application of the technique.

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DOMESTIC TERRORISM (CE 850) (40 CEH)

This course fulfills the operational requirements of the PDD examiner conducting polygraph examinations in both the criminal specific and counterintelligence arenas. The objectives are to provide information regarding the ideology and psychology of those who participate in, or support the infrastructure of domestic terrorism. The information aids the PDD examiner in recognizing and developing pertinent information during the pre-test interview, constructing appropriate test questions, and if warranted, conducting post-test interrogation. The course is further intended to aid others who are part of the investigative team. Much of the information to be presented was obtained through extensive research, actual experience, and case studies. Students will be provided instruction in the identification, classification, and ideology of those who engage in this behavior. The course, while subject to periodic review and redevelopment, presently focuses on street gangs, hate groups, militias, and cults. The course will be primarily lecture-based, and successful completion may be subject to the completion of an examination or external study requirements as deemed appropriate by the primary course manager.

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DYNAMICS OF TERRORISM (CE 855) (40 CEH)

This course fulfills the operational requirements of the PDD examiner conducting polygraph examinations in both the criminal specific and counterintelligence arenas. The objectives are to provide information regarding the ideology and psychology of those who participate in, or support the infrastructure of international and domestic terrorism. The information aids the PDD examiner in recognizing and developing pertinent information during the pre-test interview, constructing appropriate test questions, and if warranted, conducting appropriate post-test interrogation. The course is further intended to aid others who are part of the investigative team. Much of the information to be presented was obtained through extensive research, actual experience, and case studies. Students will be provided instruction in the identification, classification, and ideology of those who engage in this behavior. The course, while subject to periodic review and redevelopment, presently focuses on international and domestic terrorist organizations to include hate groups, militias, and cults. The course will be primarily lecture-based, and successful completion may be subject to the completion of an examination or external study requirements as deemed appropriate by the primary course manager.

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ADVANCED INTERVIEWS AND INTERROGATION: ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE DETECTION OF DECEPTION (CE 972) (24 CEH)

This course is intended to serve a number of purposes. While it offers a review of the foundational elements of the practice of interviewing and interrogations, it also provides a supplemental form of instruction for the experienced investigator or PDD examiner. Similar in some respects to a currently offered Interviews and Interrogations course this offering will stress advanced interview methods and work to develop a more detailed understanding of why people lie. Such areas as understanding the mental process of lying, the theories of emotion and the relational aspects of physiology and psychology as they pertain to deception will be explored. Other related areas that provide for a better understanding of deception, and achieving the goal of securing desired information, such as non-verbal communication, proxemics, kinesics, haptics, paralinguistics, and the use of the cognitive kinesics interview will also be studied.

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INTERVIEWS AND INTERROGATIONS (INTEL) (CE 863) (40 CEH)

This course includes many of the topics described above, such as ethics and legal issues, but will include a special focus on problems and circumstances associated with performing such duties in support of intelligence operations. The specific schedule is intended to be dynamic and fulfill requirements which might be mandated in a given theatre of operations or under specialized circumstances. Typically, subjects will include behavioral assessment and elicitation, developing/enhancing listening skills, understanding the psychology of certain types of offenders such as those engaged in espionage activities and classes aimed at gathering a broader understanding of a variety of cultures.

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KINESIC INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES (CE 841) (40 CEH)

This course is primarily designed to improve the interviewing skills of all PDD examiners. The Kinesic Interview Technique utilizes an analysis of the subtle, unconscious verbal and non-verbal behaviors of the interviewee to diagnose his or her emotional state. This technique is invaluable to the examiner in the effort to achieve a conclusive result. The course is divided into two segments: the Detection Phase and the Interrogation Phase. These two phases include instruction in such topics as Self Initiated Verbal Behaviors, Structured Questioning, Non-Verbal Behaviors Kinesic Control of the Interviewee, the Kinesically Enhanced Confession, Kinesic Tactics, and Interrogational Arguments. Instruction involves lecture, group sessions and (from the supplied workbook) supervised practica and directed readings.

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NEUROLINGUISTIC PATTERNING AND PDD (CE 856) (40CEH)

This course explores personal communications systems through a study of the subject’s sensory driven memory acquisition and verbal language. The student is taught to analyze the subject’s spoken language in order to identify a pattern of predicates indicative of that individual’s preference for input from one of the five senses. The student is introduced to the schema of personal concepts of reality or “model of the world.” Through an estimation of the subject’s views and filters on reality, the student is able to develop more efficient rapport building methodologies. Methodology for the elicitation and evaluation of eye movement while accessing memory is also discussed.

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STREET GANGS AND ORGANIZED CRIME (CE 854) (40 CEH)

This course fulfills the operational requirements of the PDD examiner conducting polygraph examinations in criminal specific arenas. The objectives are to provide information regarding the ideology and psychology of those who participate in criminal activity as part of a group. The information aids the PDD examiner in recognizing and developing pertinent information during the pre-test interview, constructing appropriate test questions, and if warranted, conducting post-test interrogation. The course is further intended to aid others who are part of the investigative team. Much of the information to be presented was obtained through extensive research, actual experience, and case studies. Students will be provided instruction in the identification, classification, and ideology of those who engage in this behavior. The course, while subject to periodic review and redevelopment, presently focuses on street gangs, outlaw biker gangs, and organized crime. The course will be primarily lecture-based, and may be subject to the successful completion of an examination or external study requirements as deemed appropriate by the primary course manager.

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