or fiction. Polygraph testing can differentiate lying from the truth by
measuring physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse,
and respiration while asking a subject questions. The use of a
polygraph (most commonly known as a lie detector) has aided examiners in
investigating crimes and integrating suspects. While attending a
three-day seminar held Oct. 28 – Oct. 30
the Douglasville Police Department Community Room, nearly 80 law
enforcement and private examiners learned about advanced polygraph
techniques during the 2013 Georgia Bureau of Investigation
(GBI) and Georgia Polygraph Association (GPA) Polygraph Seminar. The
seminar brought in several overnight stays to Douglasville, and with it
According to GBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Sitton, the Douglasville Police Department Community Room was selected to host the seminar based on “location, availability, accommodations, and the relationship we have with the Douglasville Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office,” explained Sitton who helped coordinate the event. “Special thanks to Major Tommy Wheeler of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office who probably worked harder than anyone preparing for this seminar,” adds Sitton.
The seminar consisted of eight-hour courses facilitated by industry leaders Mike Gougler and Pam Shaw. Gougler and Shaw are past APA presidents and have each held the position of board chairman for the association. Both Gougler and Shaw currently serve as APA directors.
The Georgia Polygraph Association is an association of polygraph examiners dedicated to the establishment of the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and integrity within the polygraph profession in the State of Georgia. Nearly 70 law enforcement and private examiners are members of the Georgia Polygraph Association including Sergeant Leland Hester of the Douglasville Police Department. Sergeant Hester also serves as secretary for the GPA Executive Board. Other officers include board president Nathan Sprague with the Macon Police Department, vice president Arthur Curnutte from the Warner Robins Police Department, and treasurer Marc Perlson of Perma Investigations.