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Recent Developments in the Field of Psychological Support for the Activities of Security Forces

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 1 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2009 Pages: 5-8
Sergey Girko
Date Published
January 2009
4 pages
This article features methodology of polygraph testing for people with poor or no knowledge of the Russian language.
A new trend in the discussed research is the development of a psychological and forensic profiling of offenders designed to establish approximate features to focus on, which involves teamwork of such experts as: a scene of crime officer, psychologist, psychiatrist or forensic medicine expert. Another development is a unique procedure of reconstructing information retained in the memory of interrogated persons, which has been approved in different regions of Russia and which has proved to be highly effective in investigations of acts of terrorism, assassinations and other forms of crime. This procedure is a combination of the hypnotic reproduction method and a detailed initial interview depending on a situation and the tasks set. It is usually effective when there is a need to recall a car registration number or details of a document which a person has seen at least for a moment, to reconstruct certain events, together with content of conversations and to reconstruct memories of a person's appearance. The procedure allows overcoming such complicated situations as amnesia of alcoholic and psycho-traumatic origin - which do not result from physical fading of memories, or consequences of unsuccessful hypnoreproduction attempts, which result in false convictions or ineffectiveness in case of memory activation methods. (Published Abstract)