Campaigners Demand Sex Offenders take Lie Detector Tests in Scotland
Back in England and Wales serious sex offenders, including paedophiles, that are released on licence are legally obliged to carry bi annual lie detector checks on petition. Should they deny, they are re- incarcerated. Now campaigners are calling for sex criminals to take lie sensors in Scotland where the legislation is not the same.
This follows the achievement of polygraph tests in England. Over 160 sex offenders are returned to prison to serve out the rest of their sentences because lie detector checks were released in 2014.
THE number of sex offenders convicted of crimes such as rape and murder has more than doubled over the past year. New figures show that 112 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) committed either Group 1 or 2 crimes – the most serious categories – in 2018/19.
Mark Cummings instance
The case of Mark Cummings perfectly highlights why campaigners need the tests to be implemented. Margaret Ann Cummings, Mark’s mother had no concept a convicted sex offender lived near by. She discovered that this just after her son was sexually molested and strangled to death. Leggate is presently serving a minimum 20 year sentence in prison.
Read more on the case here https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/mother-8-year-old-mark-6949671
Rapists, paedophiles and other sex offenders are currently able to deny lie detector tests in Scotland. On the other hand, the Scottish police would like them to become compulsory.
Margaret Ann Cummings believes that polygraph tests are valuable and needs to be placed at the disposal of officials, who she believes are readily deceived by sex offenders. Referring to evaluations in England that make”positive results” she wants the law from Scotland to catch up with that of England.
Scottish Authorities awaits data
Whilst the Scottish authorities has an interest in such technologies a spokesperson said that evaluations will be considered if data is available as to how successful the evaluations have been. There are just a few police forces in England who use them but the amount is increasing.
Of the 4089 registered sex offenders living in Scotland, nearly 300 are thought to be’high risk’.
Lie detector tests in Scotland
We can only speculate whether or not Stuart Leggate would happen to be roaming the roads had compulsory lie detector tests in Scotland been introduced in 1999 when he was first released from prison.
Often when told that they must have a lie detector exam, gender offenders acknowledge their crimes. In our opinion anything which prevents them in re-offending has to be a good thing.
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3 Reasons people Lie
You might imagine that the only reasons people lie are because they have something to hide or have committed a crime. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There are so many reasons that motivate people to lie a fairly large book can be written about them.
By understanding why some people are dishonest it’s a lot easier to spot the fibs. Here are 3 fairly common motivations:
- A dull life
A typical example of the dull life scenario is that of an expat living abroad for the first time. You would be astounded by how many brain surgeons and flying doctors you are able to meet at a Spanish or French pub. Where no one knows them they could reinvent their lives to be whatever they want to be. A person who had the most mundane of occupations in Britain can enchant an audience with tales of what their lifestyle never was. They might say have rescued people from the brink of death. You are able to ensure that whatever they have done, will always be infinitely superior to anything you’ve done.
Quite often they will choose an occupation that nobody in the group has any knowledge of, for example Nuclear Scientist. If they happen to meet someone who coincidentally had that occupation, the liar will either leave or alter the subject rapidly.
So strong is the driveway to become something that they are not, they may invest in Bluffer’s Guides. These small books give only enough info to make you seem as if you understand what you’re talking about, unless a real expert is in the area. When you believe that over 5 million of these guides have sold worldwide, it’s a good indication of the number of liars there really are in the field of life reinvention!
Should you meet somebody like this a fantastic birthday or Christmas gift would be a lie detector test. The outcomes could be shared in a surprise party!
A lot of men and women would continue to keep the peace in any way costs. Your friends should tell you the truth however hard it may be to hear. The great ones will however some won’t. The latter are usually flattering once you know the dress you bought really doesn’t suit you or you made a mistake with a hair style or color.
Liars will agree with you as opposed to have any kind of battle. Though white lies may have their place occasionally it is essential to be honest, no matter how hurtful it might be. Liars aren’t people you need in your lifetime.
- Attention seekers
There are two types of attention seeker. People who feel they’re not getting enough of the limelight and people who want to defraud you.
Little children have been known to throw tantrums to get attention but typically grow from it when they’re older. As adults, attention seekers produce all sorts of approaches to be noticed.
Social networking provides the perfect platform for all these folks. Others might have suffered fake bereavements. It’s fairly astonishing how low an attention seeker will proceed to get noticed. Frequently they want your sympathy but sometimes your cash also. Countless people are scammed when sent pictures of”perishing” relatives propped up in hospital beds.
Unless you know a individual very well, posts asserting any of the above should be treated with extreme distress. A fantastic suggestion for could be fraudsters is to ask them to take a private lie detector test — you will not ever hear from them again!
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Essex Lie Detector Test
When our client’s son’s behavior and attitude changed over time, she decided to book our Essex lie detector test service to find out and establish why.
Abby’s 19 yr old son, James, had always been a well-adjusted teenager until his parents divorced and father left the home. During the six months following his father’s departure Abby noticed significant changes in her son that became a concern. He stopped going to college and started staying out late and hanging round with a different group of friends. James had become very withdrawn and extremely secretive in where he had been or what he was doing taking questions from Abby as an inconvenience.
One night as she sat up waiting for James to come home, she decided to look through James bedroom for clues as why his behavior had changed so drastically, was it the divorce or was it something else. In the back of her mind, she knew James was close to his dad and really missed him. In lots of ways she felt so guilty searching through his belonging’s but was alarmed when she found a small bag hidden in a drawer that contained a small amount of white powder.
Rather than conform James with this Abby waited until the morning and spoke to him, he denied the drugs were his and refused to answer any more questions which really worried Abby. Was he telling the truth or had her son been using drugs?
Essex lie detector test and results
Abby consulted with James father and they decided to book a polygraph test in Essex to get the truth from James, as he was reliant upon their financial support, he was unable to refuse. In the pre-test James broke down with the examiner and admitted he had been using Cocaine for the last six months but he had recently stopped. Questions for the test were set accordingly and we were able to offer not only a confession to Abby but proof certain aspects of James drug abuse were true. He is now having counselling and his relationship with his mother has improved and he is back at college.
If you are concerned with changes in behavior by someone close to you, consider a lie detector test to get to the truth. A polygraph examination is a quick way to resolve and dispel any doubt whatever the problem might be. Call us for more information on 0207 859 4960 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat in confidence to see if we can help.Read More
Lie detectors being used on sex offenders in Norfolk
Sex offenders are being given lie detector tests in a bid to assess the risk they pose to children.
The force trained up three members of staff in January as part of the American Polygraph Association, and bought three lie detector kits for around £15,000.
And Norfolk is now one of the “most active users of the tactic” in the country. Just four other forces in the UK currently use lie detector tests.
The constabulary says a study being conducted at Kent University, published this month, could open up potential for polygraphs to be used in court, despite concerns over their reliability.
Since January registered sex offenders have been offered polygraph tests as part of their risk assessment.
Officers said if they refused they could be classed as a higher risk.
To date 116 in Norfolk have taken the polygraph test, and 65 have refused.
A polygraph records changes in a person’s blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity.
A major change in any pattern, known as a “response conflict”, is said to be a sign a person is lying.
The tests are not 100pc accurate, but are said to have a high accuracy level.
Evidence is not generally accepted in criminal courts in the US and most of Europe.
Police said the tests were not being used to determine guilt or innocence, but to “manage future risk”.
Det Chief Supt Christopher Balmer said in a report: “It is important to stress that the polygraph tactic is just one of a number of options available within the sex offender risk management process.”
He added the results had helped safeguard children in the county.
“In nine cases the team’s work and analysis has led to direct positive interventions that have safeguarded children,” he said. “These responses have included such actions as the disclosure of an individual’s previous convictions to better inform those they are associating with.”
Det Chief Supt Balmer added the findings from the Kent University study “may well open up further opportunity around the use of the polygraph test in a wider range of policing activity”.
He said: “Beyond the obvious consideration as to its validity in court it offers the opportunity to scope its inclusion in other risk assessment processes both for the persons we interact with as well as our own staff.”Read More
As a London polygraph examiner, I visit misconceptions about lie detector tests all over the net. Sometimes they infiltrate other media outlets and newspapers. It is time we dispelled them to provide a balanced view. Below are some of the most frequent misconceptions.
Lie detector tests detect lies
No, they don’t. By monitoring psycho-physiological responses to formulated questions lie detector tests discover deception. Polygraph equipment finds changes in cardiovascular, respiration and electro dermal activity. The latter relates to perspiration that alters the properties of the skin.
Arguments that these answers are found in conditions when an individual is not lying are valid. Natural anxiety can cause psycho physiological reactions that are similar if not exactly the same. Until the evaluation is administered professional polygraph examiners take natural nervousness into account and the gear is set.
Examination results aren’t wholly reliant on the equipment. The examiner’s qualifications and expertise are equally vital in the procedure. Let us face it, if you want a carpentry job you are not likely to use a hammer. You may employ a carpenter who understands what he’s doing with it and wields the hammer. Likewise, you don’t use a machine without an examiner.
Polygraph tests don’t work
This misconception is all about because those saying it believe that the polygraph finds lies. It does not, as mentioned.
It functions as an investigate tool. It’s hardly likely that the Ministry of Justice at the UK would make taking examinations a compulsory state for specific kinds of offenders when they are discharged from prison on probation, if this wasn’t the case. It’s even less likely that they would be used by many UK police forces, including the Met and Essex yet they do. Indeed, they have grown increasingly utilised.
In the justice system the polygraph is instrumental in pointing detectives to boost their investigations. By way of example, a requirement of a pedophile’s release on probation might be that he shouldn’t get or download pictures on the internet. Questions can be asked in periodic, compulsory lie detector tests to determine whether he’s broken that state. If deception is located, the computer will probably be confiscated and examined. Since these polygraph tests have been implemented over 300 offenders are sent back to jail. The polygraph is functioning well in these cases.
You can beat a lie detector test
As a London polygraph examiner and capable psychologist, I have to admit to being amused by efforts. The favorite is bad breathing exercises timed incorrectly and not only obvious to the polygraph but the examiner as well. The proven theory is that these responses will create inconclusive results or achieve a fail with the result of Purposeful Non-Co-Operation PNC.
Our training in forensic psychology has provided qualified examiners me with the ability to spot a scammer a mile off as well as the polygraph identifying unusual trends.
The above are the most frequent misconceptions but there is also confusion regarding the use of polygraph results in courts.
Lie detector evaluation proof
It has been responsible for turning frustrating investigations into ones that were effective although evidence is not often used in courts. The polygraph can open new avenues for them to explore when detectives reach a dead end.
However, just as a judge would not convict eye witness testimony on, he or she wouldn’t do so based on polygraph results. All evidence of any type must be backed up with additional evidence for a successful prosecution or defense.
Lie detector tests are frequently permitted in industrial tribunals and are often noted in court.
If you would lie to learn more about polygraph providers are used within the private, public or commercial sectors email us on email@example.com or contact us on 0207 859 4960. Our solutions are not confined to London but are nationwide. We have our own offices in Kent close to London we can also come to you or use an office close to you.Read More
Lie Detector Test in Surrey
Yesterday we had a very common case for a couple from Surrey who visited our Kent offices. Throughout the relationship arguments had been started and the usual accusations of sleeping with someone else was directed at the person we were due to test. Unfortunately in this case the person we tested broke down mid argument and admitted to something they didn’t do, once you say something like this its very hard to then take it back and ultimately prove you didn’t cheat on your partner. Fortunately this lady turned to Lie Detectors UK to take a lie detector test to prove to her partner she had been faithful to him, we call these tests ‘Proof of Innocence Tests’ and they are popular.
On arrival at our head office we discuss the case with both in full and work on three suitable questions based on fact, in the pre test we discuss how the polygraph works, including a full walk through of the sensors we use as well as a lot more. The testing stage comprises of four tests, we repeat questions multiple times and take an average for the results which are given on the day both verbally and in report format. An average lie detector test will last two hours. An example of a popular question we use is ‘Since being in a relationship besides your partner have you engaged in sexual intercourse with anyone else?’.
In this particular lie detector test with the couple from Surrey the client we tested was telling the truth and we were pleased to be able to help her prove this to her partner and get their relationship back on track. Its very easy in an argument to say things we do not mean purely to hurt someone or to gain a reaction, in this case what was said in anger caused a huge rift with no other way to prove it wasn’t true but to take a lie detector test.
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ITV have released its duty of care for those participating in TV shows, more below. Shame a series of unfortunate incidents occurred to make this happen.
Following media, public and parliamentary scrutiny of its practices in the wake of the suicide of a participant in British tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show, UK commercial PSB ITV has outlined its guidelines on protecting participants in programmes made for broadcast on ITV, whether made by its own ITV Studios production house or third party suppliers.
Earlier in 2019, ITV Studios introduced, throughout its content making business, refreshed processes and guidance to manage and support the mental health and well-being of programme participants before, during and after production. The processes and guidance rolled out in ITV Studios were developed with the assistance of Dr Paul Litchfield CBE.
This guidance includes reference to the proposed new Ofcom rules in relation to protecting adult participants.
“The health and safety of everyone who takes part in our programmes is our highest priority, which is why we are sharing our best practice guidelines with producers,” stated Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television.
“This is not intended to be prescriptive but is draft guidance we are rolling out to all producers working with ITV, so we have a framework for the discussion around what the levels of risk might be and what proportionate processes producers therefore may need to have in place.”
“We and our producers already have comprehensive duty of care processes in place which reflect our knowledge and experience of making shows featuring members of the public. As these programmes have evolved, so have the pressures on those entering the public eye through appearing in our shows, from media and social media interest. To continue to make television that reflects and represents a wide and diverse range of people who want to take part, we need to ensure those people are aware of the implications – both positive and negative – that appearing on TV can lead to, so they can make an informed decision on their participation.
“We believe that television is all the better for the energy, talent and diversity of the people who share their experiences, lives and stories with the nation, and this guidance offers a framework for discussion with producers of how best practice can be achieved in making shows for our network, for the benefit of all.”
“Pact and its members take the welfare and protection of programme participants very seriously, and we welcome ITV sharing its best practice guidelines with producers,” added John McVay, Chief Executive of independent producers trade body PACT.
The updated guidelines set out a framework for assessing welfare and mental health risks for participants, identifying six general factors to be considered.
The guidelines also include information on measures that ITV suggests producers should consider putting in place to address welfare and mental health risks. Any measures or processes should be proportionate to the likely risks, given factors such as the programme format and the individuals concerned, and this continues to be taken into account when discussing programme commissions and considering the method and cost of production.
Where productions have medium or higher risk elements, producers should discuss their participant protection processes with their ITV commissioner and the ITV compliance lawyer or advisor allocated to their programme. This should cover periods of pre-production and casting, the period of production and broadcast of the programme and, where appropriate and proportionate, post production and broadcast. It may also involve the need to engage expert psychological advice and support.
Medium or higher risk productions should have a written risk management plan and processes/protocols in place for protecting the welfare of programme participants, which should be shared with ITV. Regular reporting of risk in programmes and the control measures introduced is a key element of risk reporting within ITV.Read More
- Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests
- President is concerned about leaks coming from his administration
- Most leaks involve news stories he does not view favorable to him
- ‘He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,’ an official said
- Trump has long been paranoid about leaks
- He has complained of ‘snakes’ in the White House
- He has brought in people to try to weed out the leakers
Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests as he has become obsessed with leaks coming out of his White House, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The president and his team have complained about leaks before, particularly when it paints his administration in an unflattering light – such as details of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, his desire to buy Greenland, and his wish to build a moat for his border wall containing alligators and snakes.
But Trump has gotten so obsessed with the leaks that he has frequently discussed ordering polygraphs of White House staffers after major revelations, four former White House officials told Politico.
Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests
‘He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,’ one of the officials said.
There have been previous indications the White House is concerned about leaks, going back to when Trump first entered the Oval Office in 2017.
And Trump’s frustration with the leakers is often tied to press coverage he considers unfavorable – or fake news.
He’s brought in people before to try and weed out the leakers – although the leaks keep coming.
When Anthony Scaramucci was brought in for his short-lived tenure as White House communications director in July 2017, he vowed to get rid of all the leakers.
‘What I want to do is I want to f***ing kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,’ he told The New Yorker in an infamous interview that got him fired after seven days on the job.
In September 2018, after an anonymous White House staffer published the ‘resistance’ memo in The New York Times, Trump was reported to have railed against ‘snakes’ in his administration and to carry a list of staffers he suspected of leaking information.
‘When he was super frustrated about the leaks, he would rail about the ‘snakes’ in the White House,’ a source told Axios at the time.
Trump has demanded to know the whistle-blower’s identity.
Past presidents have also had to deal with leakers.
President Barack Obama and his administration pursued leakers – but those investigations typically had to do with national security matters.
In 2012, Jim Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence requested intelligence employees be asked if they shared classified information with the media after several secrets leaked.
The Obama administration also obtained phone records from Associated Press and Fox News reporters as part of their probe into how classified material leaked.
Polygraph use on staff is common in the intelligence arena, where most of the information in the agency is classified and officials can be ordered to take the tests on a moments notice as a condition of their employment.
It’s less common for political staff and appointees.
Lie Detectors UK originally reported on this two years ago but its back in the press this week, contact us today if you need help plugging your own leaks !
Spotting A Liar
Children learn to lie between the ages of 2 and 5, by adulthood most are prolific liars. One recent study goes as far to suggest the average person hears up to 200 lies a day which does sound a little on the high side, I guess it depends on interactions with others. Obviously the majority of lies are classed ‘white lies’ the in-sequential niceties, but a psychologist from Hertfordshire University says most people tell at least one big lie a day. They lie to promote, protect and to avoid hurt, either to themselves or someone else.
Most people are hopeless at spotting a liar with deception in the form of lies, evaluating the 206 scientific studies show people separate the truth from lies just 54% of the time, a shocking result. Yes, there can be tell-tale psychological responses one might recognise in their partner, examples being going red, grinning, looking away but there is no common factor we all exhibit when we are lying.
Fortunately, we have the polygraph, in the U.S an estimated 2.5 million exams are conducted every year. In the UK the Government has been testing sex offenders on probation since 2014 and has managed to put an alarming number back behind bars the program has been that successful. In January 2019 the UK Government announced plans to increase its polygraph program to additionally test domestic abusers on parole.
Whilst there has always been a healthy debate on the use of the polygraph the results speak for themselves. A single issue test conducted by a qualified American Polygraph Examiner is able to achieve accuracy levels of 95%, there is currently nothing on the market in the field of lie detection that can beat this, the latest technology Eye Detect achieves 80% accuracy levels and has its flaws.
Lie Detectors UK provides a UK wide lie detection service and is one of the few companies to have its own offices. All examiners are qualified and experienced and are members of the APA and the UK Polygraph Association. All prices are fixed and transparent, get in touch today and find out just why Lie Detectors UK were voted ‘Best Polygraph Testing Company in 2019’Read More
Lie Detectors UK win another award…
Lie Detectors UK are extremely proud we have won another award this year, Corporate Livewire have announced that we have been successful in winning ‘Lie Detector Service of the Year’ This is the second award we have won this year which is a testament to our examiners and thanks to our clients. We are in the process of opening another office this year in West London due to demand for our services headed up by our female examiner.
The Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards celebrates small and medium-sized enterprises consisting of localised businesses and sole traders that have thrived in their highly competitive community and have proven their success during the past 12 months.
Lie Detectors UK offer a UK wide service with male and female examiners, they were originally setup by Jason Hubble in 2014 and have quickly risen to be one of the UKs top Lie Detection companies and have been involved in many prolific cases. All examiners are American Polygraph Association examiners and members of the UK Polygraph Association, the UKS only professional Association that requires all its members to be fully up to date with their training. Tests are fixed price at £399 at one of their offices and £499 anywhere else in the county, including a home visit providing the client has a suitable distraction free environment to test in. Their head office is in Kent’s county town of Maidstone in a grade 2 listed school house, with car parking and a waiting room for clients, its at this office every two years that the UKPA run Advanced Training for all UK examiners allowing them to stay current in the ever changing field of lie detection. When a potential client calls Lie Detectors UK they will always speak to a qualified examiner who will discuss their case and ensure a lie detector test is suitable.Read More