Polygraph examinations are used to protect the public, to verify the truth, to validate the innocent, to determine deception; and to help identify the guilty. Polygraphs are most commonly used for criminal and civil matters, government and law enforcement pre-employment screening, homeland security, commercial theft investigations, and to monitor convicted sex offenders being supervised by probation and parole, and while under treatment. Private parties also request polygraph examinations to help resolve personal matters, such as theft, sex crimes, domestic issues (unfaithfulness), etc.
Who can be tested?
Virtually anyone that knows the difference between right and wrong can be administered a polygraph examination. Juvenile subjects must have parental / guardian approval. All polygraphs are voluntary.
How accurate is the polygraph?
The American Polygraph Association (APA) believes that scientific evidence supports the high validity of polygraph examinations. The APA has a compendium of 80 research projects published since 1980 on the validity and reliability of polygraph testing. In current research conducted on the validity of field examinations, single issue accuracy rates were in the range of 92% or greater.
Research clearly indicates that when administered by a competent polygraph examiner, the polygraph test is the most accurate means available to determine truth and deception.
I’m extremely nervous about taking a polygraph, will nerves affect the outcome of my test?
No. All examinees have some type of general nervous tension. It is normal to feel nervous when going into a polygraph, especially if you have never taken one before.
Who can be present in the room during an examination?
Only the examinee and the examiner can be in the room during the examination. Additional people present during the examination will adversely affect the test. All examinations conducted by JNE Polygraph are recorded from beginning to end.
When will I know the results?
The results of the examination can be determined shortly after the end of the examination. A written report will be emailed to the examinee upon request.
Will I know what the questions are prior to the test?
Absolutely ! There are no surprises on a polygraph examination. Before the exam, the examiner will thoroughly explain the whole polygraph process and review the test questions with you prior to administering the examination.
What kind of questions are asked on the exam?
All test questions must be limited to "yes" or "no" answers. ALL QUESTIONS ARE REVIEWED with the examinee BEFORE the exam. There are no surprises on a polygraph examination. Before the exam, the examiner will thoroughly explain the whole polygraph process and review the test questions with you prior to administering the examination. The test questions must have definite objective answers and may not be opinions.
How long does the polygraph exam take?
A typical polygraph examination will include a pre-test interview phase, a chart collection phase and a test data analysis phase. The polygraph process will generally last 60 to 90 minutes from beginning to end. The actual polygraph test is quick but we do not like to rush our clients. This is an important test for you.
What is a polygraph ?
The term "polygraph" literally means "many writings." The name refers to the manner in which selected physiological activities are simultaneously recorded. Polygraph examiners my use conventional instruments, sometimes referred to analog instruments, or computerized instruments. It is important to understand what a polygraph examination entails. A polygraph will collect physiological data from at least three systems in the body.
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