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Competition is Stiff in Training Language Analysis and Interviewing and Interrogation

A number of companies provide training in language analysis and interviewing and interrogation.  They use different terminology for language analysis such as content analysis, scientific content analysis (SCAN), forensic language analysis, forensic linguistics, and psycholinguistics.  For interviewing and interrogation different terms such as behavioral analysis interviews, non-verbal analysis, body language, and many others are used. 

However, many of the methods currently taught may be obsolete and based on old science.  Many have been around in the United States since the 1980's and earlier and very little has been done to upgrade the training.  Law enforcement agencies, private security companies, corporate security, and corrections departments have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain training that is over 25 years old.  There has been substantial progress during this period and many of the old concepts have been proven wrong by academic and applied research.  The polygraph has been systematically attacked through research and case study and it is often suggested that it fails to measure up to satisfactory lie detection standards. Its successor, Layered Voice Analysis  is gaining ground but has yet to be fully accepted by many of the prominent law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  However, this may be a simple matter of economics because of the prominence of polygraph and the concern for a loss of venue.  One must ask that if a new technology replaces the polygraph what is the economical and political impact on polygraph manufacturers and long-time users?  Yet, a great deal of emphasis is still focused on training and use of a technique which has been under fire for at least the past ten years.

There are several companies making substantial profits yet they really have not updated their training content in forensic language analysis or interview and interrogation for the past 20-25 years.  Believing that their methods are tried and true they may view any upgrades as unnecessary.  And regardless of how one looks at training methodology, its hard to question what has been highly successful in the past.  Considering that this is a highly competitive market, and sales of training products are crucial to maintaining a market share, it is difficult to disagree with this philosophy.  Because these entities continue to generate more than substantial revenue, there is little expectation for change.  It may be considered impractical to fix something if it isn't broke?  Obsolescence is not a consideration.  These companies include John Reid and Associates, Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation (LSI), Behavior Analysis Training Institute and many others.  By far, John Reid and Associates are the top dogs of the market.  Avinom Sapir and his company, Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation (LSI) rank a distant second.  All highly respectable companies, these organizations may fall short on keeping up with cultural and psychological advances in both forensic language analysis and interview and interrogation.

A newcomer to the field is Forensitec.  Beginning in 2004, the company began developing markets all over the United States due to the fact that many departments were looking for new innovation and higher standards by which to measure success in both language analysis and interview and interrogation.  Forensitec moved from Arizona to Montana in 2005 and has been providing more up-to-date training throughout the northwest and the U.S.  An affiliate research member of the Center for the Management of Information (CMI) at the University of Arizona, Forensitec continues to provide updated methods in their training modules which directly result from research conducted at CMI.  A company to watch, we'll see if they ever measure up to the revenue standards of John Reid and Associates or LSI.