The National Command & Staff College offers a number of live-training courses that are available for hosting at your agency.

As the host agency, you will receive five (5) training slots along with all training materials. In exchange, you agree to provide an adequate training facility, appropriate A/V equipment and support, facilitate all logistics, and assist us in promoting the training course to agencies in your region at a rate $399 per officer.   Complete the form below to schedule your workshop or contact us!

Integrated Inductive Interview System

3-Day Workshop

Course Overview

With law enforcement tactics under intense scrutiny by the public, the courts, and the media, it is essential for both investigators and street officers to master the art of interviewing and interrogation. Advances in forensic technology have confirmed that overly coercive interviewing techniques and clever psychological tactics can produce false confessions. Our Inductive Interview System is proven to produce credible results and prevent false confessions.

Easily mastered by any officer with adequate training and practice, the Inductive Interview System creates an environment conducive to full disclosure of the truth while overcoming a subject’s attempts at deception or suppression. Our unique, “non-linear” approach is significantly different, more reliable, and much more flexible than traditional interviewing systems.

Presented in a fast-paced, dynamic format, the workshop features case studies and videos of actual interviews and confessions to emphasize the training points.

Course Topics

  • Why People Lie
  • The 6-Step Inductive Interview Process
  • Specialized Questioning Techniques
  • Behavioral “Leakage”
  • Verbal Indicators
  • The Ten Types of Deception
  • Seven Virtues of an Interviewer
  • Managing Denials
  • Induction Techniques
  • Turning an Admission into a Confession
  • Documenting the Confession
  • Divergence Techniques
  • Exaggeration-Minimization Technique
  • Preventing False Confessions
  • Signs of Submission

Individual Success | Agency Effectiveness | Community Impact

Tim Stephenson
Chief Deputy – Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

CEO and Founder – Forensic Interviewing and Consulting Services
Adjunct Faculty – National Command & Staff College

Since beginning his law enforcement career in 1983 as a deep cover narcotics operative, Tim Stephenson has served in many capacities from patrol officer, investigations supervisor, special operations commander, and Chief Deputy . 

In 1995 Tim founded Southeastern Investigative Consultants, an investigative and consulting firm specializing in the defense of police use of force litigation. He later joined the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office as Captain of the Support Services Division.  In 1999, he was promoted to Major over Special Operations which included the Narcotics Unit, Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E.) Team, Interstate Criminal Enforcement (I.C.E.) Team, K-9 operations, Fugitive Apprehension Team, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.), Marine Patrol, Polygraph and Internal Investigations.

After serving as the Chief Investigator for the First Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Tim joined the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office where he now serves as Chief Deputy.  In addition, he served for over 14 years on the U. S. Marshal’s Service Operation Intercept (Fugitive Apprehension) Taskforce.  He is a licensed polygraph examiner, past-President of the South Carolina Association of Polygraph Examiners, and CEO of Forensic Interviewing and Consulting Services, LLC. He has been court-certified as an expert witness in the fields of man-tracking and narcotics investigations, holds many specialized certifications in investigative and tactical operations, and is a recognized expert in inductive interviews and polygraph operations with a special emphasis on sexual predators and serial offenders.

Tim lives in Chapin, SC where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Sheriff Ray Nash, ret.
Senior Vice President of Training – National Command & Staff College

Ray Nash began his 38-year law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while he was still in high school. After a time as a patrolman and street  supervisor,  he  was  appointed  Police Chief in Irmo, South Carolina at the tender age of 23. Later, he served as a Training Specialist with the Institute of Police Technology and Management (I.P.T.M.) at the University of North Florida, then returned to his native state for his second tenure as a Police Chief, this time in Summerville, SC.

In 1997, Ray began the first of his three terms as the elected Sheriff in Dorchester County, S.C. He retired as sheriff in 2009 to pursue an overseas mission and, for over three years, supported the international police reform effort in Afghanistan as the Criminal Justice Advisor for the US Embassy in Kabul and Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board. Ray recently founded Focal Point Investigations and serves as its CEO and Chief Investigator.

Sheriff Nash has provided consulting services and leadership training to law enforcement agencies for over 30 years.  In 1998, he founded the Police Dynamics Institute to provide character-based leadership training and technical services on an international basis.   He has personally trained over 12,000 police officers, government officials, and business leaders from around the world in his character-based training program called Police Dynamics.

Ray has visited Romania three times to present Police Dynamics to their National Police. He also traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa to train their national police and military leaders. In addition, Ray has trained Russian Police Commanders at the Moscow Police College (held in the US) and over 30 international police and governmental delegations here in the states.  Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted Police Dynamics and are reporting great success in fighting crime and improving officer performance.

Ray holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Education, Training and Development, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration.  He serves  as the Vice-president for Training and Development of the International Academy of Public Safety, Director of the Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development, and an adjunct professor at Charleston Southern University.

His home of record is Summerville, SC where he and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children who are all pursuing careers in the medical field.

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