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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2013 7:14 a.m. PST

SWIMBO was watching some real life crime show, and queried why polygraph tests are used. As we both work in law enforcement, we wondered about their admissibility or whether results are allowed as a basis for reasonable grounds/suspicion. As we don't have them here, and after reading various google answers I'm a little confused as to their purpose or effectiveness in an investigation as there seem to be different State laws governing their use. Makes me wonder about whether they could be used in cross jurisdictional cases if jurisdiction x uses them and Y can't; or am I reading too much into them?

Just curious

zippyfusenet Inactive Member08 Nov 2013 7:34 a.m. PST

Polygraphs aren't considered reliable enough to use in court. An operator's prejudice can influence results. Psychopaths can often 'beat' the tests, and there are supposed to be ways that ordinary souls can do so, too.

bogdanwaz Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2013 7:49 a.m. PST

They are not admissible in court in the US. They are used mostly to try to get the defendant to make an admission when the polygraph is being administered.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Nov 2013 8:19 a.m. PST

They are good enough for Maury though.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2013 9:08 a.m. PST

A source sez that the p-graph is only accurate in
<70 % of cases.

Another sez that the p-graph result is highly dependent
on the operator's interpretation of the subject's

Dunno, myself, save that p-graph results can't be used
in court here in NC USA.

Streitax Inactive Member08 Nov 2013 11:30 a.m. PST

Trying to interpret a state of mind from gross physiological changes which are 'interpreted' by an individual is not likely to produce reliable results. My fear in taking one, should the situation arise, is that failing it would be damning and lead to endless investigation while passing it would merely put me lower on the list.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2013 11:13 p.m. PST

cheers guys. I didn't think it would be a reliable tool and yes, the results would be open to all sort of interpretations I suppose.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member10 Nov 2013 12:21 a.m. PST

Practitioners of Yoga are supposed to be able to beat them too.

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