Kinesic Interrogation Techniques®
Phases I and II
Length of Seminar: 5 Days
Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation®
is a training program that teaches multi-phase behavioral
analysis and tactical interrogation methods using advanced
kinesic interview and interrogation theories. The course
is designed to help interviewers maximize their ability
to gain valuable information as quickly and efficiently
as possible. The two phases encompassing all the courses
that make up Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® training
programs includes the Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase
and the Tactical Interrogation Phase.
The Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase (Level
I) assists the interviewer in recognizing the cues of truthful
and deceptive behavior generated by the subject. The Practical
Kinesic Analysis Phase discusses the following topics:
- Verbal Cues - Identification of symptoms of speech quality and content
which give the interviewer the most productive body of
data necessary to determine truth and deception.
- Practical Kinesic
Statement Analysis™ - Assessment of truth
and deception through the use of verbal cues coupled with
methods of human recall and symptoms made self-evident
in the statement taking process.
- Body Language
Cues - The observable body language cues of deception
that are unbalanced or inconsistent in relation to the
speech cues or emotional symptoms generated by the subject
at the same time.
- Kinesic Subject
Control - Discussion of various techniques available
to the interviewer to take control and command of the
interview environment. From proxemics to mirroring - the
use of enhanced information gathering skills.
- Confession Behaviors - Identification and recognition of the verbal and nonverbal
acceptance cues generated by a subject who is prepared
to give an admission of confession. The Tactical Interrogation
Phase uses Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase data with
a customized interrogation designed to overcome personality
type and defense mechanism behaviors to obtain confession.
The Tactical Interrogation Phase covers the
- The Stress Response
States - Subjects under the stress of deception
during the interrogation generate identifiable responses
to stress that can be controlled in order to facilitate
- The Primary Dominant
Personalities - The identification of the different
subject is personality types and the appropriate strategies
necessary to successfully interrogate and gain confessions
from each type.
- Sub-Verbal Encryption - This section explores the phenomenon in which an individual
actually indicates through verbal encoding, key information
indicating personality type, criminal motivation, situational
response to interview stress which can be used by the
interviewer to streamline productive information gathering.
- Tactical Kinesic
Interrogation - The intelligent combination of
Stress Response State Analysis, Primary Dominant Personality
Identification and Sub-Verbal Encryption techniques required
to conduct the tactical subject interrogation necessary
to assist in gaining the admission or confession from
even the most difficult subject’s.
The primary reason for the existence of
any investigator, whether in the criminal, loss prevention,
safety, or private investigation field, is to gather
information. The success of the investigator is directly
ability to conduct effective interviews and interrogations.
In 1975, the Rand Corporation concluded through research
that the single most important factor directly affecting
the outcome of any investigation was the quality of information
obtained from the witness or victim of the event. It
is reasonable, therefore, to also believe that the proper
and interrogation of possible suspects has an equal,
not greater, effect on the success of an investigation.
The concept of interviewing held by many
investigators is that it appears to be a skill one is possibly
born with and is something that cannot be taught. It would
also seem that interview and interrogation is viewed as
a method of merely following a list of questions presented
in some disciplined and structured manner with little or
no variation. In reviewing current, as well as dated texts
and articles, the new interviewer is led to believe that
interview and interrogation is also merely an exercise in
asking the “who, what, where, when, and how”
that are routinely used in reporting. All such concepts
appear to ignore the fact that human behavior, not to mention
human interpersonal communication, is complex and multifaceted,
and that neither can be approached in a restrictive, structured
Traditionally, the study of kinesics focused
on the observable outward physical behaviors of the body
in order to ascertain the person’s current emotional
state and the role the body plays in communicating that
information. It was quickly learned that by understanding
the “vocabulary” of body language along with
the diagnosis of a person’s verbal output, an interviewer
could more easily assess a person’s truthfulness or
deception regarding the current issue under discussion.
Kinesic interview and interrogation is viewed
as a multiphase behavioral analysis system used to conduct
more effective and efficient interpersonal communications.
The foundation of the technique rests on the common everyday
behavior of human beings and their diverse communication
abilities. Some of these communication skills are learned
from a collection of available human behaviors, while other
characteristics exist in all human animals.
Finally, the art of interview and interrogation
is a skill that is learned, but not from a single lesson,
class, or textbook. It is a skill that is practiced, polished,
and honed over time, and the successful interviewer and
interrogator is one who knows that the learning process
never ends. To be a successful and professional interviewer
and interrogator, one must be a committed student and professional
interviewer and interrogator, one must be a committed student
of human behavior. To achieve positive results, the professional
interviewer and interrogator must study the process, practice
his skills, and use his knowledge in pursuit of the truth.
The essential thing is not to find truth
but to investigate and search for it.
Max Nordau, Paradoxes, 1885