By Barry Cooper
During drug investigations and traffic stops, my extensive study of the FBI polygraph manual helped me detect when a person was lying or telling the truth. Each person I arrested for contraband committed one or more of the following indicators of deception. I hope these tips help you NeverGetBusted.
Police look for these top three indicators of deception when interviewing citizens:
1. Hand-To-Head Contact–For some reason when a human is being deceptive, they will touch their hand to their head. It may only be the wipe of a brow, a scratch of the nose, a pull of the ear, a hat adjustment or lighting a cigarette but all of these movements indicate deception. I once used this tactic against a police officer during a federal court deposition. The officer scratched his head when answering a question so I knew he was lying. This knowledge allowed me to continue a line of questioning that eventually trapped him.
2. Grooming–Although most grooming is considered hand-to-head, this is the number one indicator of deception. If your teenager or significant other is brushing his/her hair or applying makeup while answering troubling questions, there is deception in the air. I’ve found this to be true 100% of the time. Never groom yourself in front of a kop.
3. Repeating The Question–If a kop asks “Where are you going?” and your reply is “Where am I going?” She knows you are being deceptive. Repeating a question happens when a person is stalling for time to develop a lie. Always have your story practiced when traveling with your stash so you don’t have to invent a lie on the spot.