Detecting Misleading Behavior in Drug Investigations
Monday, August 26 - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:00AM - 5:30PM
Location: Campbell Community Center Orchard City Banquet Hall
Directions: 1 West Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

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Course Description:  This course is designed to teach any law enforcement officer how to interview suspects by identifying and understanding the various ways and methods people attempt to deceive police officers.  Through practical application, students will utilize various methods to develop the skills necessary for detecting verbal, nonverbal, and written modes of deception.  

This interactive class is suited for investigators or patrol officers.  By learning to identify deceptive words, phrases, and non-verbal behaviors, the student will gain confidence and skill in redirecting a person’s words to obtain a confession.  Confidence is further gained when students practice their new-gained skills during actual interrogations in a class setting.  The experienced law enforcement instructor uses actual case investigations and scenarios to reinforce the skills necessary to prepare for a successful criminal prosecution.  Through this unique interactive class, the officer and investigator learn that being deceptive isn’t easy at all.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.   Give a brief history of interrogation.

2.   Describe the traits of an effective interviewer.

3.   Explain why people confess to misconduct.

4.   Explain and identify the 5-Stress States.

5.   Define Proxemics and explain how it influences the interview process.

6.   Define Ethical Behavior and know why it is important.

7.   Demonstrate the ability to read between-the-lines in a written statement.

8.   Explain why the Interview and Interrogation process is actually a communication   

        persuasion process.

9.   Describe a Strategy for Successful Interviewing.

10. Define Body Language (Kinesics) and how to use it to your advantage.

11. Utilize the “Behavior Inducing Technique” to structure interview questions.

12. Define and utilize the “Cognitive Interview Technique”.

13. Perform a successful Interview and Interrogation.

Instructor:  Kurt Barbour has been employed with the DuPage County Sheriff's Office in Illinois since 2003.  Kurt has previous experience as a police officer with Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland.  Kurt has served in the United States Army and went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois.


Kurt is currently assigned as a Detective with the DuPage County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit (SR-22) whose primary function is to investigate drug, gang and gun related crimes.  Previously, Kurt was assigned as a Detective for four years in the Tactical Narcotics Unit as an Undercover Officer where he has had the privilege of working several large cases with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Postal Inspectors.


Kurt has collateral assignments as a SWAT Hostage Negotiator and instructor for the State certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) where he continues to utilize his interview skills.  Kurt has conducted hundreds of Interview/Interrogations and Tactical Debriefings (making informants) with success.


Kurt has spent thousands of hours conducting surveillance, electronic surveillance and other means of covert operations in order to execute successful search warrants.


Kurt has been a Master Instructor for Homefront Protective Group since 2015 and a contract instructor for Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC) and Northeast Counterdrug Training Center (NCTC).


Kurt has had privilege  of traveling nationwide instructing in areas of Detecting Deception during Narcotics Investigations, Tactical Debriefings in Narcotics, Gangs and Narcotics as well as other training topics for law enforcement.


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