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Seminar Title:  
Interview Techniques for Street & Road Patrol Officers - Wayne Sheppard

DATES:  9/3/2019 through 9/5/2019

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Wayne Sheppard

LOCATION:  Waterbury Police Department Training Division - 240 Bank Street, Waterbury , CT  06702

HOTEL:  Courtyard By Marriott - Waterbury , CT  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Wayne Sheppard assists local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in areas such as violent crime analysis, case consultations and investigative assistance as requested by law enforcement in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he provides training in violent crime analysis, crime scene assessments, the design of law enforcement policies and procedures, the development of regional response plans, and other efforts aimed at enhancing an agency’s overall investigative response to violent crime incidents, missing, abducted and exploited children incidents.

He is an international lecturer on behavioral crime scene assessments and murder and rape typologies and has conducted research in the areas of serial homicide and child homicides.

Mr. Sheppard is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police where he held a number of investigative and supervisory positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, also, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit where he provided investigative assistance for law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program for Pennsylvania.

He has also addressed professionals representing the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and parole, medicine, law, television, radio and academia on a national and international basis.

He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his support and expertise in violent crime and child exploitation investigations.

Mr. Sheppard is a member of the Vidocq Society, a group comprised of experts from various disciplines across the country that provide pro bono services in the investigation and analysis of unsolved violent crimes occurring in the United States.

He is the past Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, and past board member of the Attorney General’s Legal/Medical Advisory Board on Elder Abuse.

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Course Objectives

Statement of Fact:
Human behavior is demonstrated when human beings communicate with each other in a variety of means, including verbalization and non-verbalization. Central to a patrol officer’s daily functionality is interpreting human behavior. From a mere encounter on the street, a traffic stop, or an in-depth interview with a member of the public, patrol officers must be ever cognizant of demonstrated behaviors by the public towards them. The correct interpretation of that behavior is of paramount importance to the many functions of a patrol officer. Indeed, the officer’s very life may hang on that correct interpretation.

This course of instruction is designed to enhance the capabilities of patrol officers when interviewing members of the public in a variety of settings and circumstances. In order to accomplish this, a triphasic approach will be utilized. The officers will be provided with the foundational knowledge of and utility in recognizing and properly interpreting verbal and non-verbal behaviors by members of the public. Officers will then be provided with the techniques set forth in Kinesic and Cognitive interviewing methods. Lastly, the officers will be instructed on how to properly incorporate both Kinesic and Cognitive interviewing methods into the overall interviewing process.

Enhancing Interview Capabilities: This course of instruction will cover the following topics in order to provide officers with the foundational knowledge and skill sets necessary to conduct proper interviews of victims, witnesses, suspects and the public at large.

Human Communication – Methods and Means
Interpreting Human Behavior in Multiple Settings
Behavioral Cues in Communication
Cognitive and Emotional Behavior
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Dealing with Rationales During the Interview
Kinesic Interviewing Process – Interpretation of Body Movement
Cognitive Interviewing Process – Increasing the Quantity and Quality of Information Obtained
Foundational Components of the Interview Process
The Purpose Driven Interview
The Mindset of the Interviewing Officer
Dynamics of Field Interviewing
Controlled Setting Interviewing
Documentation and Dissemination of Critical Information

Skills Building Through Practical Applications:

Scenario based interviewing practicums will be conducted throughout the different phases of the course of instruction. Officers will be required to participate in the scenarios in order to complete the course of instruction and receive their certificates.

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