Former US Government Special Agents, Polygraph Examiner Trainers Become Converus Service Partner to Sell EyeDetect — New Lie Detection Technology
After spending their careers working for the U.S. government, credibility assessment experts Pat Roche and Donnie Dutton formed Capital Center for Credibility Assessment in 2014. After being introduced to EyeDetect last year, they decided to become a Converus Premiere Service Partner, authorizing them to sell this new lie detection technology.
LEHI, Utah – Jan. 29, 2016 – It didn’t take long for Pat Roche and Donnie Dutton, two polygraph examiner experts with long careers working for the U.S. government in various capacities, to see the potential impact EyeDetect could have on the lie detection industry. After forming their Virginia-based Capital Center for Credibility Assessment (C3A) Corporation in 2014, they applied their extensive experience in credibility assessment by securing government polygraph contracts for those services. By signing on as a Converus Premier Service Partner to sell EyeDetect, they now plan to further support national security by selling this new credibility assessment tool. Roche and Dutton believe adding EyeDetect to their service line will expand the potential solutions they can offer clients.
C3A’s first order of business is using their expertise and connections to help Converus secure U.S. government approval for the EyeDetect technology.
“We’re working diligently to get the United States government to approve the EyeDetect technology as a recognized, viable lie detection method,” said Dutton. “But first, the National Center for Credibility Assessment has to do their own research before it can be deployed in the government system. The NCCA validates credibility assessment tools for the government.”
Dutton has more than 40 years experience working for the federal government in a variety of polygraph related activities. His last assignment was as the Chief, in charge of the Threat Analysis and Strategic Support Branch at the NCCA. He has served as a polygraph program manager for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), along with being a polygraph instructor for the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, as well as their predecessor organizations: the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute and the U.S. Army Military Police School. Dutton has held positions as a special agent with the U.S. Marine Corp, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Military Intelligence, and the NGA.
Roche previously worked in the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Treasury for more than 34 years. He then spent nine years with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs serving as the special agent in charge of the Polygraph Operations Division. He led senior special agents on assignments across the United States and around the world gathering evidence of money laundering, narcotics smuggling, illegal weapons exportations and human trafficking through polygraph examinations and interrogations.
“We’re very fortunate to have Pat and Donnie on board with us,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “Their many years of working for the U.S. government and their vast expertise in credibility assessment will help us establish EyeDetect as a viable lie detection method in the U.S.”
Dutton, after being introduced to the EyeDetect technology last September at the American Polygraph Association meeting in Chicago, was skeptical at first.
“When I first heard about the EyeDetect technology I didn’t want anything to do with it. I thought it was another smoke-and-mirrors, another person trying to sell snake oil,” said Dutton, who soon changed his mind after learning renowned polygraph experts Drs. David Raskin and John Kircher were part of the five-member Converus Science Team. “When I found out those two individuals were involved in it, it did pique my interest because they’re both well respected.”
Raskin and Kircher are also credited with inventing the computerized polygraph. The Converus Science Team worked for more than 13 years on fine-tuning this new ocular-motor based lie detection technology.
Roche, on the other hand, had an easier time getting on board with EyeDetect because he had seen this type of technology previously.
“When I was an Instructor at NCCA, I saw ocular-motor research being conducted by the research division there,” said Roche. “I recently delved further into it and was impressed that the technology had advanced, and the sensors had advanced to a point where it was possible to bring a commercial product to the market.”
EyeDetect uses an infrared eye tracker to monitor involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate, fixations and other behaviors — to detect deception while a person answers true/false questions on a computer screen. The test takes 30 to 40 minutes and provides a “truthful” or “deceptive” score within 10 minutes. Polygraph exams, the long-time standard for lie detection, require an extensively trained and skilled examiner and take over 90 minutes to conduct properly.
“EyeDetect is quick,” said Dutton.
Field tests show EyeDetect is 85 percent accurate. When used in conjunction with the polygraph, and when both tests have the same result, accuracy reaches about 97 percent, says Mickelsen.
“We see the potential of EyeDetect, and how it will benefit the credibility assessment world,” said Dutton. “It’s going to compliment the polygraph process. We’re excited to be a part of it.”
Added Roche, “We recognized EyeDetect could do certain things that polygraph can also do, but EyeDetect can do certain assessments much better — like mass screening at a quicker pace. Our goal is to make EyeDetect the standard in continuous monitoring for security clearances in the Federal Government. We also see that it is ideally suited to perform mass screenings to detect visa fraud.”
Companies and federal governments throughout Central and South America have been using EyeDetect for pre-employment screening of job candidates and periodic testing of current employees since 2014. Now Converus has turned its focus on the U.S. market, including establishing strategic partnerships with companies like C3A. Mickelsen says EyeDetect is not only ideal for screening job candidates in government, law enforcement and corrections, but also visa applicants, immigrants, sex offenders, probationers and parolees.
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® — a product first conceived in 2002 — is the first ocular-motor deception detection solution. It’s an accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. 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. The company is headquartered in Lehi, Utah, USA. For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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