Converus Service Partner Roger Branche, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, has security agencies on four Eastern Caribbean countries using EyeDetect to screen personnel. One drug unit officer, after seeing the accuracy of EyeDetect in detecting deception, called the lie detection technology “magical.”
LEHI, Utah – July 21, 2017 – Caribbean native and Converus Service Partner Roger Branche plans to make the Caribbean, already one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, also known for having security forces of the utmost integrity.
Due to Branche’s efforts, security agencies on four islands are now using EyeDetect to screen governmental personnel. EyeDetect is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors.
Branche, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, started conducting polygraph screening for eastern Caribbean countries in 2000. He and his wife, Christine, are forensic psychologists and own Atlanta-based Forensic Psychological Services. They’ve designed most of the security screening policies now used by Eastern Caribbean countries.
In April, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, over the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, began using EyeDetect. The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), over the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, followed suit in May. Branche says additional Caribbean nations will be adopting this new technology soon.
Branche has personally known the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force commissioner for years.
“I told him I have a new technology available that, when used along with polygraph and a psychological assessment, will really help to ensure personnel are being screened at the highest level in the Caribbean,” said Branch.
The commissioner of police trusted Branche, but first wanted to see for himself how it works, so Branche gave him an EyeDetect test.
“He passed, for which I am very grateful,” said Branche. “It would have been a real problem had he not passed.”
The commissioner, Ian Queeley, says his officers are expected to display and live by the highest standards of integrity. He also hopes EyeDetect can help put a stop to the leaking of operational and personnel information, a problem the agency has encountered at times.
“As we continue to look at criminal activity both within and outside of our borders, for us to be most effective we must operate in an environment of continued trust,” said Queeley. “Our country expects the highest standards of integrity in those we entrust with the security of our nation and so, as commissioner, I have decided… our officers will be screened using the most advanced system, called EyeDetect.”
When Branche demonstrated the EyeDetect technology via the “Number’s Test” to 10 staff members, EyeDetect correctly identified all their numbers. In this test, participants select a number between 2 and 9, write it down, hide it, and then intentionally lie about the number chosen when the computer presents their number on the screen.
“They were in awe. They could not believe something existed that could so quickly figure out the number they chose,” said Branch.
Branche says they also couldn’t believe that such a small nation (St. Kitts is just 67 square miles and Nevis just 35) would be the first to have such an advanced technology available to them. Usually countries in the Caribbean must wait several years for such technology.
“Our community must be able to have confidence and trust in its police service, and this is a first step of many to ensure that our community can be confident in our police officers,” said Queeley.
ONDCP Director Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft says rigorous vetting of operatives inspires greater public confidence.
“We feel that ONDCP is one of the leading law enforcement agencies regionally, so we have to be at the cutting edge,” he said.
“They are a covert operation,” added Branche of the ONDCP. “They have a lot of international links to the U.S. and other organizations, so they share information. They believe having EyeDetect, along with polygraph, urinalysis and psychological assessment, will increase their trustworthiness and respect with the international community.”
Dr. John Swift, manager in charge of ONDCP’s anti-drug strategy unit, said, “With technology like this available, the world is literally in for a new form of credibility assessment. This thing is almost magical the way it works.”
Converus began offering the technology in Spanish Latin-America in 2014. It’s now used by governments, organizations and credibility assessment experts worldwide.
For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy credibility assessment solutions. Its flagship product, EyeDetect, is the world’s first scientifically validated, ocular-motor deception detection solution.