In today’s age, with the high level of frauds, whistle-blowers, theft of industrial secrets, corporate or product sabotage and many more valid reasons. Lie detection is an important aspect when employing people in a position of trust.
Equally it is a valuable tool for immigration, custom officials, and law enforcement entities. Even in jurisdictions where lie detection reports may not be admissible as evidence, they are an asset in the early stages of integration. As it is a tool to evaluate if a person detained is worth further investigation and/or they a reasonably satisfied that the suspect is guilty therefore further interrogation and in-depth investigation is warranted. This approach is due course is expected to be basic routine due to the changing technology methods to detect the truth expands.
SIP for many years has been conducting “polygraph examinations” as the polygraph has been tried and tested for decades. However, in reality it greatly relies on the knowledge and experience of the examiner. Our examiner has been very successfully over the years in establishing the truth, even in complex cases of a corrupt ex-president, arson attacks on a world cruise and many more cases which resulted in identifying a person’s guilt or innocence. The secret is not just the machine but the carefully worded questions that will be presented to the subject during the test.
A widely published case was the that of “Colin Stag” who in 1992 was under intense police investigation over his involvement for his alleged murder of the TV celebrity Rachel Nickell. As a result of Police announcements and the media’s own journalistic investigations, he was already being accused of being guilty before he was even given a fair trial. He wanted to prove his innocence and agreed with the ‘News of the World” that he would undertake a polygraph test, the newspaper contacted SIP. Colin Stag with the ‘News of the World’ reporter came to the SIP office in Mayfair, London. Our very experienced polygraph examiner conducted the examination on Colin Stag, that consisted of 60 questions. The test, categorically concluded that Mr Stagg DID NOT KILL Rachel Nickell.
In August 1993, Colin Stag is charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell. At his trial in September 1994, the judge, Mr Justice Ognall, condemned a police undercover operation in which a woman officer exchanged a series of pornographic letters with Stagg. The defence case for Colin Stage was never heard in court, due to point of law, and the Judge dismissed the case against him.
In UK legislation a person cannot be tried for the same offence for a second time and although the case was dismissed in technical points of law, as he did not of a full trial before a jury, people still had doubts of his innocence and also the reliability of the results of the SIP lie detector test.
However, in November 2007, 15 years later, our claims that Colin Stage was innocent was fully justified. A Robert Napper was charged with the murder of Rachel Nickell and was ultimately found guilty, as a result of his confession and reliable DNA testing. The legal system failed Colin Stage, as he had been unfairly judged and had been in custody for 13 months awaiting trial, now it was clear that he is innocent he received £706,000 compensation from the UK Government.
Although we acknowledge that the polygraph and other lie detection systems may not be 100% reliable. With the examples stated, SIP do believe that they are an ideal instrument in instances of early interrogation of a suspect. As if the persons pass the examination he/she even though they may not be ruled out completely at this point, the investigating body may save time and money, by wisely pursuing investigations relating to other possible suspects.
Also, lie detection for the recruitment of personnel who will be in a position of trust, and for current employees of companies to undertake test, as an annual ‘trust policy’. Such lie detection test not only protects the company, it is also in the benefit of the individuals that agree to undergo the test, as the company knows of the employee’s loyalty. This in turn increases the employees long-term job stability and often opportunities for promotion.
SIP has an open mind with regard to the different approaches to Lie Detection, as we keep abreast of all the latest technology, engage in in-depth discussions with the developers and evaluate the capability through our own testing. SIP believes that different circumstances relating to a client’s needs, means that some systems would be more beneficial then others.
SIP offers a bespoke service to its clients, in that we assess the objectives the client wishes to achieve, take in consideration of the likelihood that the persons cooperating to undergo a test, the number of tests that would be required during a given time frame and the overall circumstances of the project. Following this SIP would recommend the best system and will provide the SIP professional lie detection service, that the client will expect.
SIP currently engage with four optional lie detection processes, subject to the type of system stated, test can be conducted on subjects giving consent and or covertly without there awareness.
- Polygraph (requires an experienced examiner, each test with pre-interview can take one or more hours, it needs device attachments to the subject. Recommended for the examination of suspects closely associated with any alleged crime or the desire to prove their innocence. As this method allows the examiner to readjust any anticipated questions he had prepared, following a response to answers given to the earlier questions by the person taking the test. Thereby, giving full question flexibility to establish the truth.)
- Validated Automated Screening Technology (a fast 20 minutes test, with a high success percentage, no examiner required, subject answers a prepared questionnaire on a screen, this system needs device attachments to the subject. It is ideal for high volume screening and/or for narrowing down the number of suspects to take a more varied question polygraph test.)
- Eye Analysis (subject has screen questionnaire NO device attachments to the subject. Another fast test, with pre-programmed question that the subject reads and answers on a screen)
- Facial Expressions (can be conducted with subjects consent or covertly, as can be analysed live or from video recordings with audio, this is ideal as a vetting process, in the early stage of basic questioning)
The additional benefit of using SIP for your Lie Detection service is that we are your one-stop-shop, in the event that any ongoing investigations or security measures are required as a result of information extracted during a Lie Detection examination and analysis .
With our expertise and professionalism, you know you are in safe hands with SIP, so contact us now!!