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Polygraph

Specific Issue Polygraph Examination

More often than not, business’ first exposure to the polygraph examination come in times of crises. This forensic tool can be used effectively to direct an investigation into fraud, theft, arson, assault and sabotage. In fact it is useful in investigating most criminal activities. It is also a very efficient tool to excise the innocent bystanders from an investigation, and helps to instantly restore trust between the employer and the employees not involved in the incident.

More often than not, business’ first exposure to the polygraph examination come in times of crises. This forensic tool can be used effectively to direct an investigation into fraud, theft, arson, assault and sabotage. In fact it is useful in investigating most criminal activities. It is also a very efficient tool to excise the innocent bystanders from an investigation, and helps to instantly restore trust between the employer and the employees not involved in the incident.

Periodic Maintenance Examination

Periodic screening of personnel, particularly in sensitive industries or instances where employees are placed in positions of trust that can easily be subverted can be effective as a deterrent to aberrant behavior and acts as an early warning mechanism of potential risks.

Another advantage is that employees become accustomed to the company’s use of polygraph examinations as a forensic tool if incidents that need to be investigated do occur.

Aside from permanent employees, companies should be aware of outsourced staff and / or sub contracted companies (security officers, cleaners, maintenance, etc.). As part of service contracts, companies should be insisting on regular screening as part of the service level agreement.

Individuals can be a potential risk to the company as they might have unrestricted access to all areas and often supply after-hours services.

Pre-employment Security Assessment

Today there is a heightened awareness by many business owners and human resource managers and security professionals regarding the need to truly know whom they are hiring – and with good reason.

The consequences of bringing the wrong person into an organization can be devastating. Fortunately, there are ways you can ensure you’re making hiring decisions that are beneficial to your company.


Pre-employment screening is a proven method that assists employers in reducing workplace dishonesty, employee theft, drug abuse and dependability issues and can include the following: 

  • Pre-employment security assessment interviews
  • Education qualifications verification
  • Credit checks / ITC consumer profile
  • Previous employment reference checks
  • Criminal record checks
  • Driver’s licence verification
  • Identity document verification
  • Residential address verification
  • PSIRA registration status (Security Industry)

Pre-employment polygraph examinations detect / verify past undetected dishonesty as well as undisclosed financial burdens, gambling problems, substance abuse and the real reasons for leaving previous employment and applying for new positions.

Prevention is better than a cure

Risks in the business as they relate to unacceptable behavior of employees can, to a large extent, be avoided, or at the very least, be defined through the use of polygraph examinations.

Automated Fingerprint Criminal Record Checks

It is common practice that some persons use their contacts in the SAPS to do criminal record checks with an ID number. The drawback of this is that it is illegal and both parties face prosecution if caught.

Criminal checks using the ID number alone is definitely not as accurate as a fingerprint system. You cannot fake your fingerprints! Why put yourself and your company at risk?

A quick and convenient electronic criminal enquiry service is available to individuals, corporate sector and private enterprises that require periodic criminal checks and clearance for commercial (pre-employment) purposes.
PSSA is a registered service provider for this and has acquired an AFISwitch work station that interfaces with the South African Police Service Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAPS AFIS) via Ideco’s AFISwitch.

The system captures the fingerprints by means of an electronic fingerprint reader. These fingerprints are electronically transmitted and searched against the SAPS AFIS database. On completion of the search, a result is reverted to the AFISwitch work station.

No more queuing, dirty inky hands, wasting valuable time and waiting for results for up to six weeks. We will receive a no illicit activity identified, or a possible illicit activity identified result, within 48 to 72 hours.

Forensic Assessment Interview Technique

Methodology

The FAIT (Forensic Assessment Interview Technique) is a structured interview to which a score (negative or positive) is assigned relating to the assessment of verbal and non verbal responses to the questions asked, the same questions are asked in exactly the same sequence from every examinee.

“Truthful and Deceptive suspects have a fundamental difference in their attitude toward your investigation and its results; the truthful suspect wants the interviewer to be successful – he wants the interviewer to find the truth, while the deceptive suspect want the interviewer to fail – he wants the truth to remain hidden so as to create the illusion that he did not commit and / or was not involved”

Effective Interviewing & Interrogation Techniques

Gordon & Fleisher ASIT 2002

The FAIT as an integral part of any polygraph examination conducted by examiners of PSSA related to a specific issue, as it allows for quality control throughout an investigation as the examiner and investigator are given forewarning of an expected result of the polygraph itself.


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