Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely - all of our open registration seminars are open to any person who needs to develop their interviewing skills, their ability to asses a person's credibility, or their skills of persuasion in order to learn the truth from a person who has been withholding that information. The information provided at our training seminars is designed to be applicable and to meet the needs of investigators in both the public and private sectors. When we present a training seminar for a specific group who is hosting the program we can customize the material for their specific investigations.

Qualified individuals can attend our open registration seminars on their own.

The material presented in the Advanced seminar is based on a presumption that the participant has a solid foundation and understanding of Behavior Symptom Analysis, the Reid Behavior Analysis Interview and the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation - all which are taught at the Basic program. It has been our experience that when individuals attend the Advanced course with this foundation they experience a very positive and beneficial learning experience, whereas those who attend with out this background do not get the full value for their time and money because they may not understand the terminology used in the instruction or the concepts, tactics and techniques that the material references.

The Reid Technique serves as the foundation for almost all interviewing programs that are offered in the marketplace today. Beginning in 1962 with the publication of the first edition of Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, the Reid Technique has become the standard in the industry - incorporating Behavior Symptom Analysis, the Reid Behavior Analysis Interview and the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation as the foundation of the process. No other training organization can teach The Reid Technique or use any of the information that we have developed over the last 30 years.

The United State government has awarded John E. Reid and Associates sole source bids because of our expertise.

As quoted in a recent profile of John E. Reid and Associates in the New Yorker magazine, “Today, John E. Reid and Associates, Inc., trains more interrogators than any other company in the world.  Reid's clients include police forces, private security companies, the military, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Secret Service - almost anyone whose job involves extracting the truth from those who are often unwilling to provide it.  The company interview method, called the Reid Technique, has influenced nearly every aspect of modern police interrogations, from the set up of the interview room to the behavior of detectives."  

The Reid instructors are full time employees with the firm with an average of over 27 years of experience in conducting interviews, interrogations and instruction. (On occasion we will you use outside experts to conduct a Reid seminar.) The real life video examples used at our training seminars include interviews or interrogations conducted by the instructors. As a group, the accumulated experience level of our instructors exceeds 250 years, during which time they have conducted over 75,000 interviews and interrogations. Many of the staff hold a Masters of Science Degree in the Detection of Deception.

"When asked which vendors they rely on most for building their own skills and that of staff, a whopping 80% of security pros cited John E. Reid and Associates." (IOMA Security Director's Report)

U. S. Supreme Court Recognition:

In June 2004 in the case of Missouri v. Seibert, the United State Supreme Court referenced our company and our book, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, as examples of law enforcement resources that offered proper training. In 1994 the United States Supreme Court referenced our textbook, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, in making their decision in the case Stansbury v. California. Courts throughout the country have recognized The Reid Technique as the leading interview and interrogation approach used today in both the law enforcement and business communities.

Customer satisfaction:
Not only do we guarantee satisfaction with our services and training programs, but also because of the continued high quality of instruction, hundreds of organizations require that all new staff members attend one of our training programs. Here is a measure of the success students have with The Reid Technique:
95% of the respondents to a survey of 2,000 Reid students reported that using The Reid technique helped them to improve their confession rate
The majority of the respondents said they increased their confession rate by more than 25%; almost a quarter of the respondents said they increased their confession rate4s as much as 50%
97% of the respondents reported that using The Reid Technique increased their case resolution rates
100% of the respondents reported that they thought the benefits they received attending The Reid Technique seminar was worth the investment they made to attend the program
Validated teaching techniques:

The University of Tennessee has carefully examined the quality and effectiveness of our teaching techniques. Over 400 employees of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services attended our training seminar, "The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing for Child Abuse Investigations". The University of Tennessee administered a pre-test examination to each participant before the training, and a post-test examination to each participant following the training to evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction. They found that "there was a significant improvement for all groups trained."

Some organizations offer a generic certification after an individual has attended a seminar and passed a written examination.

We offer much more rigorous certification to those individuals who have demonstrated a proficiency in the application of The Reid Technique - this designation, CRT (Certified in the Red Technique) is achieved when the participant has accomplished the following:


The candidate must have attended the Reid Technique of interviewing and Interrogation 3-day seminar or the Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing for Child Abuse 3-day seminar.

The candidate must have attended the Advanced seminar on the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation.

The candidate must have a minimum of three years of investigative experience in the private, police or government sector.

The candidate must have at least one year of experience in conducting interviews and interrogations using the Reid Technique.

The candidate must be a current member of the Reid Institute.

The candidate must pass an extensive written and practical exam that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the Reid Technique.

The candidate's supervisor must complete an evaluation form attesting to the candidate's interviewing and interrogation skills.

We offer a number of discount programs.

  1. When an agency sends 2 or more persons to an open registration Reid seminar they receive a tuition discount; additional discounts are offered when 5 or more persons attend a seminar (These discounts do not apply to co-sponsored seminars because of the already reduced rates)
  2. We offer a GSA discount to individuals employed by the federal government;
  3. We offer discounts to professional associations who participate (at no cost) in our program - the Reid Preferred Group of Associations (RPGA)
  4. We offer discounts to organizations/ companies who send 5 or more individual to Reid seminars over a 12 month period - the Reid Consortium
  5. Reid Institute members receive discounts on seminar attendance fees and products

Yes - all of our instructors are Certified in the Reid Technique and meet all POST or board requirements to offer instruction.

The Reid open registration seminars are open to all interested individuals whether they are from a law enforcement agency, government organization or a private company. The information provided at our training seminars is designed to be applicable and to meet the needs of investigators in both the public and private sectors.

The co-sponsored or hosted seminars are generally designed to meet the needs of the specific agency hosting the seminar. For example, if a company hosts the seminar for their investigative and HR staff, the content will focus on the investigation of theft, embezzlement, harassment allegations, discrimination issues, conflict of interest schemes, etc.

If a law enforcement agency hosts a Reid seminar the program will focus on interview and interrogations as they apply to criminal investigations.

Yes. We award Continuing Professional Education units (CPEs) for attendance at our training programs and seminars based on the following criteria:
Instructor led seminars - lecture, Power Point, videos, exercises and discussions
Training material (manual) distributed to each student
Each student receives a Certificate of Course Completion
One CPE awarded for each 50-minute period of instructor led classroom instruction
Student attendance verified

Number of CPEs awarded:

The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation  (4 day seminar including Advanced material) awarded 24 CPEs

The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation (3 day seminar) awarded 18 CPEs

The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing  (2 days) awarded 12 CPEs

The Advanced Course on The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation (1 day)  awarded 6 CPEs

Hiring the Best: Verifying the Employment Application (1 day) awarded 6 CPEs

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John E. Reid and Associates, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: Web site: NASBA.org.

Yes. We apply for and obtain POST approval in every state which offers that option. On our website we indicate for each training seminar whether or not it qualifies for POST approval.

In 1984 we licensed W-Z to teach our material as it existed in 1984 - they can not use any of the material or advancements that we have developed in the last 30 years. The course that W-Z teaches for law enforcement is our material as it existed in 1984.

Annually we train over 20,000 people at over 400 training seminars. Our firm has been awarded contracts for training from NATO; the Bavarian and Berlin Law Enforcement communities in Germany; and have conducted training programs in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the Czech Republic; the United Arab Emirates; Singapore; Japan; Mexico; Canada; Belgium; Jordan, Israel, and, South Korea. Our training manual has been translated into both Spanish and German.

 

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Yes. We have customized our training for numerous organizations and can offer a training program designed to meet your specific needs.

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An invoice will be forwarded to the email address you provide during the registration process. 

Yes.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal or company checks and money orders. 

We request that payment be provided prior to the first day of the seminar unless other arrangements have been made.   

We recommend business casual.

At the seminar we will provide a course outline book for taking notes.  Feel free to bring your own paper/notebook if you wish. No advance preparation is required.

Participants are on their own for lunch.

We currently do not have a cancellation fee.  Please notify us as soon as possible if you will be unable to attend.

You may substitute registrants at your organization at any time up to including the first day of training.  It will be helpful if you can provide us with than information prior to the seminar.

Send a request to info@reid.com including your name, dates of training, seminar location, and your contact information (phone number, email address, and mailing address). 

For answers to questions not addressed above, please contact us at info@reid.com.