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Advanced Interviewing for Law Enforcement Investigators Training Program (AILEITP)

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The Advanced Interviewing for Law Enforcement Investigators Training Program (AILEITP) is designed to enhance the skills of law enforcement criminal investigators as they conduct interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects.  During their initial law enforcement training, students are taught the basic steps of a law enforcement interview. While these steps are important to learn, understand and apply, this initial training laid only the basic foundation needed for the beginning criminal investigator. The AILEITP will provide the students with an arsenal of methods and skills to use during the course of various interview and interrogation situations they will face on a daily basis. The AILEITP instruction will teach students how to obtain information effectively through various interview and interrogation methods, techniques and theory.

Throughout the AILEITP, students will take part in lectures, hands-on exercises with immediate instructor feedback, and an end of program interviewing laboratory. The AILEITP will have various break-out sessions where students will have more one-on-one time with an instructor, thus enhancing the entire training experience.

Type: Advanced

Length: 4.5 class days

Curriculum

With a wide variety of courses built for the AILEITP, the students will learn the advantages of effective verbal and nonverbal communication as well as ways to detect deception through verbal and nonverbal observations of others.  Interview and interrogation theories will be presented along with various techniques of approaching different types of interview situations. These skills will help the students better prepare for their real world cases.

This program will be highlighted by a four hour case study with a guest speaker from the Dallas Police Department, which has been featured on the hit show, “The First 48.” Finally, the AILEITP will expand the student’s techniques of interviewing to help ensure successful communication with victims, witnesses and suspects.

Students will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their skills through many in-class, instructor lead exercises, as well as an end of program interviewing laboratory designed to utilize the skills acquired during the AILEITP. Contract role players are used for this laboratory, which are videotaped and used to further refine the investigator’s skills.

Courses include:

  • Interviewing Strength and Weakness Forum
  • Eye Accessing Cues and Behavioral Baselines
  • Theories and Methods of Interrogations
  • Advanced Rapport Strategies
  • Question Types to Elicit Admissions
  • Handling Denials
  • Countering Interviewee Questions
  • Advanced Evidence and Theme Presentation
  • Interrogation Case Study
  • Subject Elimination Interviews
  • Interrogation Laboratory
  • Cognitive Interview

Instructors

Instructors in the AILEITP are current and former law enforcement officers and special agents with many years of experience in criminal investigations with agencies such as the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI); Office of the Inspector General (OIG); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); Naval Criminal Investigations Service (NCIS); United States Secret Service (USSS) and state and local police departments. Some instructors also have conducted research in the field of interviewing and the behavioral sciences, taught for colleges and universities, and are Certified Forensic Interviewers.

Prerequisites for Attendance

Because of the advanced nature of this program, participant selection will be based upon the experience level of the applicant. To be selected, applicants must be a full-time law enforcement officer or special agent who conducts criminal investigations. They must also have a minimum of two years field experience actually conducting criminal investigations.

Registration Information

For enrollment information, contact the FLETC Registrar's Office at (912) 267-3382. 

Contact Information

For information concerning program content, please contact the Program Coordinator at (912) 267-3382 or email FLETC-BehavioralScienceDivisionPrograms@dhs.gov.

Behavioral Science Division
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA 31524
Phone: (912) 267- 2605
Fax: (912) 267- 2701
Email: FLETC-BehavioralScienceDivisionPrograms@dhs.gov

Training Dates

There are currently no training dates or other items within this program.