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Journal of Continuing Education

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6th Annual Chapman Award Nominations Being Accepted

The James L. Chapman Award for Excellence has been presented each year since 2013 at the Advanced Continuing Education Conference to the individual who has made the most significant contribution to the CVSA profession during the preceding year.  To date five individuals have received this prestigious award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NACVSA.  Past recipients are: 2012 – Marigo Stathis (Independent Researcher, Baltimore, MD) for Scientific Research about the CVSA 2013 – Bob McCarty (Author, St, Louis, MO)...

2018 Professional Development and Continuing Education for CVSA Examiners

NITV Federal Services, in conjunction with the NACVSA, is pleased to announce the 5-day CVSA Advanced Continuing Education Conference will be held January 8 – 12, 2018 at the Embassy Suites – Lake Buena Vista South in Orlando, Florida. This special professional development and continuing education event for CVSA Examiners is held only once annually – register now to ensure your attendance. Register NOW! Tuition is discounted for Early Registration: $445 for NACVSA Members ($525 after 31 August 2017) and $550 for...

I Used To Get Confessions, But…….

by Charles Humble, Founder, NITV Federal Services The most common refrain that students mention on their critique forms at the Annual Advanced Examiners/Re Certification Course conducted by the NITV Federal Services is that they realized they had been cutting corners and weren’t getting the results they once had when they first became certified CVSA examiners. Many years ago one of our examiners from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement called me and said he didn’t know why, but when he first began conducting CVSA...

The Columbus P.D. (OH) Kansas City P.D. (MO) and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Join the Ranks of CVSA Users

For many years the states of Ohio (204 LE CVSA users), Missouri (192) and California (197) were among the states with the largest numbers of law enforcement agencies utilizing the CVSA.  It is not surprising that these forward thinking agencies have now acquired the CVSA and moved into twenty-first century technology with the deployment of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer. They join with other large law enforcement agencies such as the California Highway Patrol (32 CVSA’s), Nashville P.D. (19 CVSA’s), New Orleans P.D....

Looking For Unusual Cases To Feature On Crime Shows

From time to time various TV shows will contact us attempting to find unusual cases that were solved using the CVSA to feature on their crime shows.  The most recent was the murder case featured on the TV show Crime Watch which is also posted in the Real Cases Solved section of our Web site.  If you haven’t already done so, please watch it as it is a prime example of the types of cases that the producers are looking for.  If you or an examiner that you know has an unusual or unique case, please contact Carol at our office...

Multi-Utterance Analysis

by Charles Humble, Founder, NITV Federal Services As many of you are aware that have attempted to utilize the CVSA for analysis of multi-utterances (unstructured interviews), it was fairly difficult.  I recall that early on in my career in voice stress analysis (1978) I was assigned a homicide by a local Sheriff.  I had been conducting both criminal and pre-employment exams utilizing voice stress analysis (the old Psychological Stress Evaluator) for the local Sheriff’s Dept. for some time.  The Sheriff had been an Indiana...

Polygraph Unreliable For Federal Screening, Panel Says

(Reprinted from The Washington Post) by Ben Finley WASHINGTON – Polygraph tests are intrinsically unreliable when used to screen tens of thousands of federal employees for security breaches, a National Research Council panel concluded in a study Tuesday. And there are no alternatives to the tests, according to the panelists, who examined the polygraph’s utility for the Department of Energy, which operates federal nuclear and weapons research facilities. “This is a problem for national security and clearly a problem for...

Pre-Employment CVSA Testing Protocols

By Cliff Payne  In law enforcement and government agencies no management function is more crucial than hiring the right person. Hiring the “wrong” person in the business world can result in loss of sales and customers, in police work the stakes are much higher resulting in danger to the applicant, fellow officers, the public and bad publicity or adverse legal action to the police department. Many of those who would like to join a law enforcement agency have committed assault, thefts, burglaries, sexual assaults, fraud,...

The Advantages of the Structured/Covert CVSA Examination

By Al Hall What’s all the hype about the CVSA and the technique of analyzing audio recordings to get results?  It is the art of capitalizing on the most underutilized technical capability of the CVSA; analyzing properly formatted and recorded Structured/Covert interviews. The Structured format for CVSA examinations can provide many advantages to the seasoned Examiner, managers and supervisors of CVSA Examiners and will enhance any ongoing investigation.  Narrowing the suspect pool, enhancing time management of cases,...

Trade In Your Old CVSA

NITV FS has a trade-in policy that allows departments to trade-in their old CVSA for the latest model Dell loaded with the latest version of the CVSA II software.  The cost to trade in a used Dell is $4,320.00 and the cost to trade in a Toshiba is $5,995.00.  The 4 year extended warranty is $300.00 and includes 24 hour support, on-site service, and accident protection.

Utilizing An Interpreter in Voice Stress Examinations by Detective Lisa Morales, Miami-Dade P.D.

As the U.S. becomes more and more homogenous, it is imperative that we, as examiners, realize that circumstances will present themselves on a more regular basis that will require the use of an interpreter to conduct a CVSA exam. As you will find out when the time comes (or you already have), good interpreters are hard to find.  If at all possible, get a paid professional interpreter for the interview.  If your department will not authorize payment for a professional, you may have to use another officer for translation. ...

Visit Our New Website

If you have not done so recently, please visit our updated website at www.cvsa1.com.  The updated site is loaded with new resources for examiners to use, especially the ‘Science’ tab.  If you have ever run across a polygraph examiner, either within your department or outside, making statements that there is no science behind CVSA, or the CVSA is as accurate as a coin flip, the Science section will quickly dispel such polygraph-generated myths. The research is extensive and compelling concerning the validity and accuracy...

What Will You be Doing When You Retire?

If you haven’t already decided on your second career, you should consider utilizing the skills that you have developed as a CVSA examiner.  Quite a few CVSA examiners have retired from their agencies and started businesses providing truth verification services for local law enforcement that do not have their own CVSA’s for both pre-employment and criminal exams.  Additionally, CVSA services can be offered to some types of private businesses (the EPPA limits what businesses can utilize truth verification services), as well...

WHY JOIN THE NACVSA?

By: Greg Roebuck, NACVSA Private Industry / Commercial CVSA Liaison The NACVSA is the definitive voice for all CVSA Examiners. NACVSA membership spans the globe.  It provides more than just reduced rates for training. Examiners attending the AEC (Advanced Examiners Conference) receive outstanding training and networking opportunities.  The NACVSA provides agencies and examiners additional benefits. * Our NACVSA Legislative Affairs office researches and monitors legislation at the state & federal level to prevent...