Jeremy Kyle Show
Jeremy Kyle Show
It’s been a hell of a week for polygraph with the unfortunate cancellation of the Jeremy Kyle show following the death of a guest. I’m reading lots of articles surrounding this unfortunate incident but let’s not forget one thing polygraph got it right here, if you lie you will be caught.
As an industry what we can’t stop is people lying to us in order to take a polygraph test, yes we do due diligence on every client and ask in the pre-test about their mental health in a variety of ways, any red flags would stop us from running a test. What we can’t stop is someone who lies in the pre-test, should we now be asking for a doctor’s note for every person we test? Is this a feasible approach? I have run thousands of tests like many other examiners in the UK and this incident has enforced the responsibility we share in running a polygraph test, when we are given the right information we do refuse to run tests as the Jeremy Kyle show would have done.
When I speak to a client prior to taking a booking I always say ‘If you have done what you have been accused of don’t take a polygraph test as you will fail’ This still doesn’t stop the twenty percent who do fail a polygraph test for which a large percent then make admissions.
Let’s also look at the UK Governments extremely successful polygraph program for sex offenders in which the Ministry of Justice revealed in 2018 that 166 sex offenders who took polygraph tests have been returned to prison. This program has been running since 2014, A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Public protection is our number one priority, and testing is strictly mandatory for all high-risk sex offenders. And these figures show, polygraph tests play an important role in the monitoring of these offenders.
A single issue polygraph test comprising of three questions on the same issue run by a qualified American Polygraph Association Examiner will achieve 92% – 96% accuracy.