The course will attempt to teach student techniques such as Electroencephalography (EEG), which is the recording of electrical activity in the brain gathered by placing sensors on the scalp to monitor neuron activity. Policemen believe that EEG can help encourage suspects and witnesses to tell the truth.
PC Mark Hughs is an investigative skills trainer with Cheshire Constabulary and is the officer who initiated this new scheme. He told industry magazine Police Review: “Putting people in a receptive brainwave state makes it likelier that the truth would come out.
“The notion of regressing a witness so that a more accurate record of events is stimulated sounds an attractive proposition but we must recognise that the boundaries of hypnosis and its worth are still vague, at the least viewed with suspicion and at the worst with total scepticism.
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