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Seminar Title:  
Successful Interview Techniques

DATES:  7/24/2017 through 7/26/2017

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Wayne Sheppard

LOCATION:  Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy - 1801 Westbank Expressway, (New Orleans) Harvey, LA  70058

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank - Gretna, LA  1-504-366-8535
$109 single/double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Wayne Sheppard assists local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in areas such as violent crime analysis, case consultations and investigative assistance as requested by law enforcement in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he provides training in violent crime analysis, crime scene assessments, the design of law enforcement policies and procedures, the development of regional response plans, and other efforts aimed at enhancing an agency’s overall investigative response to violent crime incidents, missing, abducted and exploited children incidents.

He is an international lecturer on behavioral crime scene assessments and murder and rape typologies and has conducted research in the areas of serial homicide and child homicides.

Mr. Sheppard is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police where he held a number of investigative and supervisory positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, also, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit where he provided investigative assistance for law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program for Pennsylvania.

He has also addressed professionals representing the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and parole, medicine, law, television, radio and academia on a national and international basis.

He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his support and expertise in violent crime and child exploitation investigations.

Mr. Sheppard is a member of the Vidocq Society, a group comprised of experts from various disciplines across the country that provide pro bono services in the investigation and analysis of unsolved violent crimes occurring in the United States.

He is the past Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, and past board member of the Attorney General’s Legal/Medical Advisory Board on Elder Abuse.


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Course Objectives

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Experienced interviewers know that admissions obtained from a suspect will more than likely be challenged in court. Criminal defense attorneys have placed well-known techniques under the microscope, and cases have been thrown out due to poor tactics. 

This course will explain how to conduct interviews following a structured interview approach and using better listening skills that will result in obtaining more relevant information. This approach has been used for more than three decades for both law enforcement agencies and criminal defense attorneys, and can be applied by background investigators, detectives, intelligence officers, judicial investigators, loss prevention, patrol officers, and polygraph examiners. Participants will review videos of real-life interviews (including graphic material) while learning how to obtain information, statements, and confessions which will withstand a court challenge.

At the conclusion of this training, participants:

  • Identify the five stages of successful interviewing
  • Conduct interviews following a structured interview approach
  • Develop better listening skills to obtain more relevant information
  • Learn techniques for building rapport
  • Obtain information, statements, and confessions which will withstand a court challenge
  • Assess verbal responses and non-verbal behaviors
  • Identify the 18 traits of deception
  • Learn three critical questions and how to analyze the answers
  • Understand why and how people lie
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