Police and sheriff’s departments say EyeDetect’s accuracy and speed make it an invaluable screening tool for job applicants.
LEHI, Utah – June 23, 2017 – Now law enforcement agencies in the U.S. can proactively manage their future reputations more effectively with EyeDetect, a new, high-tech screening method, to quickly identify the most trustworthy job candidates. Hiring managers say improving and streamlining the hiring process is a competitive advantage over other agencies vying for same limited pool of job seekers.
EyeDetect, by Converus, is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology to accurately detect deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors. It uses a high-definition, infrared camera to take 60 measurements per second of involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other features — to detect deception.
“EyeDetect helps us quickly identify who would make a good police officer and who would cause us a lot of concern,” said Kent (Washington) Police Chief Ken Thomas. “We do not want to have any controversy or crisis going on, and this is one more tool to quickly go through the many, many candidates that are out there to [help us] get the very best.”
Other early adopters of EyeDetect include police departments in Salt Lake City, Utah; Columbus, Georgia; and Boise, Idaho — as well as the Doña Ana Country Sheriff’s Department in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Many have been surprised at how much EyeDetect has reduced their hiring costs.
“I believe that with the reduction of overtime, and in the time it takes to find the appropriate applicant for the position of deputy, that we will see in the next three years over half a million dollars’ worth of savings,” said Ken Roberts, the undersheriff at Doña Ana. “That’s a drop in the bucket for the acquisition of bringing EyeDetect on.”
“I expect we could end up saving $60,000-70,000 annually, just in man hours, by using EyeDetect,” added Kent Police Department Background Investigator Justin Davis.
Converus has also demonstrated EyeDetect with national agencies such the State Department, Secret Service, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, U.S. Probation Office, National Center for Credibility Assessment, armed forces and others, as well as to several members of Congress.
“When it comes to screening job candidates, EyeDetect is currently the most accurate and fastest on the market,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “As more local and national law enforcement agencies learn how EyeDetect can greatly streamline the hiring process, we expect every agency will soon be incorporating it.”
Mickelsen said some law enforcement agencies are hesitant to disclose they’re using EyeDetect for screening job candidates. They fear that when other local agencies adopt the technology as well, they’ll lose their competitive advantage of identifying and hiring the most qualified candidates faster than anyone else.
“We really maximize our time and our efforts using EyeDetect early in the process,” Thomas said.
Roberts emphasized how important it is to protect the credibility of his sheriff’s department and reassure the public they can trust the police officers and deputies.
“We need to know that from the very beginning we have someone that’s going to be truthful,” said Roberts. “That’s why I chose EyeDetect.”
Because the EyeDetect test is automated, it eliminates the potential for an examiner’s biasness to affect the screening results.
“EyeDetect is 100 percent unbiased,” said Davis. “EyeDetect doesn’t care one way or another regarding a candidate’s gender, race, religion, etc. All EyeDetect cares about is truthfulness. To base a hiring decision on truthfulness, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
For more information on EyeDetect, 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. It’s an unbiased, accurate, cost-effective and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors. The same scientists credited with computerizing the polygraph in 1991 developed EyeDetect. It’s a new way for organizations to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and for law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception. Ultimately, it helps protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, fraud and threats. Converus is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Visit www.converus.com.
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