Forensic Statement Analysis

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Topics Covered:

  • Recognize valid statements and how to collect them
  • List the two step process required for analysis
  • List the parts of speech that are used during analysis
  • List the importance of balance of a statement;
  • Be able to identify "Linguistic Signals"
  • Conduct an analysis of a written statement
  • Develop a basic ability to interpret the results of an analysis
  • Produce investigative questions derived during analysis, using the suspect's words against them, compelling them to confess

Who Should Attend:

  • This course is designed for those assigned to an investigative function but is very popular at the patrol level as well.

Course Hours:

    Participants receive 8 hours of TCOLE credit.

Date/Time:

Oct 30, 2017 (08:00 am) - (05:00 pm)

Course Cost:

$99 per person

Location Information:

Sam Houston State University
The Woodlands Campus
3380 College Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Hotel Information: *

Candlewood Suites
17525 St. Luke's Way
The Woodlands, TX 77384
936-271-2100

* Unless otherwise noted, hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.


Forensic Statement Analysis is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception and the identification of hidden information in a person's written or spoken statements.  The analysis involves critically examining the word choice, structure, and content of a person's statement to determine whether it is truthful or deceptive. Using Investigative Statement Analysis (series of eight layered techniques) you will identify these linguistic signals that differentiate deceptive statements from truthful ones as your suspect subconsciously reveals information they did not intend for you to know.  This course is very interactive with significant hands-on, statement analysis practice.

Instructor(s): Richard Whitehead & Associates

For more information, contact:

Yvette Shorten, Program Coordinator
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Building
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2417
Fax: (936) 294-3926
Phone: (936) 294-3851
Phone: 800-477-9248
wys001@shsu.edu

Cancellation Policy:

If the participant has already paid, he/she will be refunded half the cost of the registration fee if notice of cancellation is received by the Program Coordinator no later than seven (7) business days prior to the program. No refunds are available after this date, but substitutions of attendees are permitted.

If no written cancellation is received and the participant does not attend the program, the participant or their agency will be required to pay 100% of the registration fee if the registration fee was not previously paid.