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FLETC advanced interview training program yields success in the field


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Apprehended fugitive serial killer, Jose Sifuentes, now in custody with the Dallas (Texas) Police Department, was no match for the interviewing detectives and law enforcement teams responsible for his arrest.

One of the interviewing detectives involved with the case recently attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ (FLETC) Advanced Interviewing Program and utilized techniques acquired during training with great success in the Sifuentes case. Sifuentes confessed to all of the homicides and provided a full statement.

Senior Instructor John Palmer, FLETC Behavioral Science Division, who taught in the program stated, “It is very rewarding to see FLETC advanced interviewing techniques successfully employed in the pursuit of justice for innocent victims. Science-based interviewing is a game changer for investigators.” Palmer, a retired Dallas Police Department homicide detective, assisted the interviewing detectives on the phone in the preparation and execution of this interview.

One of the serial murders Sifuentes confessed to is a criminal case Palmer investigated while working with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit prior to his employment with FLETC.

“The diligence of many law enforcement professionals led to bringing justice for these victims and their surviving families,” said Palmer. 

“This is a collaborative effort from the Dallas Police Department, Dallas County District Attorney, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” explained Palmer.

“I am humbled to be associated with all of these dedicated professionals and grateful to be a part of the FLETC team.”

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