At the upcoming Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Loss Prevention, Auditing, and Safety Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a free four-hour workshop on the SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) technique for detection of deception. I had a chance to talk with this session’s instructor, Tim Bos, who is with the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation (LSI). Mr. Bos first learned the SCAN technique while a police officer with the Clovis, CA Police Department. When SCAN was introduced in their department in 1994, confession rates increased by over 20% and Bos was hooked. Since retiring as a Captain with the force, Bos has become an instructor with LSI and traveled the world teaching this program.
“One of the things that many investigators misunderstand is how to get useful information. Their first instinct is to ask lots of questions. But, questions produce responses, not necessarily information.” The SCAN technique emphasizes the importance of getting an open statement from the subject, in their own words, before you ask any questions. This written statement can then be analyzed from beginning to end. Every word in a subject’s or witness statement – the pronouns and connections, the subjective time, the changes in language – will “talk” to you and provide you with answers. This session will introduce you to the concepts and give you some new tools to take back to your job.
Not only can these techniques be applied to the analysis of written statements, the same principles apply to interviews and interrogations. Once you go through this session, you will pay more attention to the semantics and structure of oral narratives and statements. In fact, Mr. Avinoam Sapir, the developer of the SCAN, has used these techniques to analyze the verbal statements and interviews of individuals in many high profile cases to identify what they are really saying and what they are leaving out. A successful investigator has multiple tools in their tool kit. Thanks to RILA for providing the opportunity to be exposed to this new tool!
If all of this wasn’t enough reason to attend the conference, all attendees to the RILA conference are eligible for continuing education credits (CEU/CPE). In addition, attendees of this SCAN workshop will earn an additional four credits towards CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer) recertification!
This session will be held on Thursday, April 14th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To guarantee your place in the workshop, RSVP today to Liz Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.