The Polygraph Examiner Career

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A polygraph examiner is tasked with conducting lie detection tests on crime suspects and witnesses. The results of a polygraph lie detector can be helpful to judges and jury when deciding if a suspect is guilty or innocent, or whether the testimony of a witness can be relied upon.

They work with attorneys to formulate appropriate questions that are relevant to the person being tested. The attorney provides input on the facts the person is being assessed against and the examiner makes sure the questions are structured in a way that will meet the objectives of the polygraph test.

Given that some of the witnesses and suspects interviewed will be trying to conceal information, the interview must be geared towards guiding the interviewee to provide clear cut responses (such as ‘Yes' or ‘No'). That said, there are times when witnesses and suspects may experience anxiety or other form of psychological stress because of being subjected to a polygraph test. Therefore, examiners must have the professional competence to differentiate between such persons and someone that is lying.

After conducting the test, the polygraph examiner must analyze the results of the polygraph exam, interpret and then write a report to be presented to the judge, attorneys and any other interested party. The work of the examiner means that they spend a lot of their time in and around court rooms. Even thought they do not necessarily have to be trained lawyers, they must have a strong understanding of the law around evidence, interrogation and the rights of the suspect or witness.

If you are interested in becoming an examiner of polygraphs, then possession of the appropriate degree is the way to go. That said, there is no specific degree requirement for this career. What is given more weight is the extensive training that specifically relates to polygraph examination. This is why on completion of degree work as well as the technical training, one must sit for a state exam.

As they embark on their career, PEs first work hand in hand with experienced examiners so as to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of the day to day job. An examiner must know how to operate the polygraph and understand the different polygraph examination techniques that may be applied to get the right results from each interviewee. Since the polygraph exam is conducted as an interview, the need for excellent non ambiguous verbal communication skills is a fundamental attribute expected of a polygraph examiner.

In line with the nature of their work, polygraph examiners must be honest, accountable and constantly demonstrate high integrity so that the credibility of the results is never in doubt. Strict confidentiality is something the examiner must always uphold and results must only be communicated to persons that are authorized to receive such information. Their impartiality should never be in question and they must never favor a defendant, plaintiff or witness.

Polygraph examination is a career worth getting into. If you are interested, by all means do a little more research on the internet.

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This article was published on 2010/11/01