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Friday, 18 December 2009

Look Into My Eyes

This is wonderful: Hypnosis courses for police officers 
It is being organised by Constable Mark Hughes, an investigative skills trainer with Cheshire Constabulary.  ‘Putting people in a receptive brainwave state makes it likelier that the truth would come out,’ PC Hughes told Police Review.  ‘Forensic hypnosis does not prove guilt but it can give new lines of inquiry when traditional methods have failed. For me it is the next logical step for investigators to take. It is the next frontier.’

Derek Barnett, president-elect of the Superintendents’ Association, said the idea was innovative. He said: ‘If people never took risks we would never have progressed beyond fingerprints.’


  1. What a load of bollox.

    I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist for ten months at one of the most accredited schools in the country - I have a diploma to prove it - two in fact!

    I took the courses out of curiosity - so have no alliegance to the hypno fraternity.

    Hypnosis is about the client's desire to change or comply with the therapist. Note I say desire - not need. The former is voluntary. There is an element of subconscious manipulation via tone of voice, choice of words, etc, but this will only affect those that want to help or comply - usually, in the case of police encounters, the innocent or wrongly accused who will always try to be helpful and want to cooperate. Your average Evil Poor (see NightJack blogs) will not be affected - even if you can get them to shut up and listen for 2 seconds.

  2. :-) Thanks Anon. I can see the point in NLP, rhetorical flourishes, body language and so on much-favoured by politicians in order to persuade people to a point of view but can't see how this course will benefit the police when interviewing suspects. "When I snap my fingers you will awaken and admit to 109 tics." It's just more taxpayers' cash being used for spurious purposes (nice trip to Americay) and the fact that this chap, PC Hughes, is not being discouraged in his endeavours just heaps scorn on the Home Office. I think the police have an in-built detection meter anyway - honed after years of dealing with crims and lags.


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