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David Thompson, CFI, and Shane G. Sturman, CFI, CPP

David Thompson, CFI is the president and partner of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, providing investigative interview and interrogation training to a global audience. He has served as a subject-matter expert in developing curriculum and providing consultation to investigators, attorneys, and the academic community. He can be reached at Shane G. Sturman, CFI, CPP, is the CEO and senior partner of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates and has led this international training organization for over a decade. Sturman has provided training for WZ for a variety of clients over the last twenty years. He is also a member of ASIS International’s Retail Loss Prevention Council. He can be reached at 800-222-7789 or at

A Global Standard of Interviewing

Investigative interview training, guidelines, and expectations have grown significantly over the last several years from “the way we’ve always done it” to a global movement of standardization.

Interviewing: The Closed-Ended Conundrum

Resist the urge to “interrogate” when your goal is to obtain as much information as possible. Be a better listener and you’ll be amazed at what you may have been missing.

Bringing Science into the Interview Room

The words 'scientific method' may bring back haunting memories of chemistry and biology class, but the tried and true tactic can be incredibly useful when conducting LP interviews. Here, David Thompson and Shane G. Sturman from Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates explain just how to implement the method during interrogations.

You Call That a Success? Think Again

That next time you pick up the phone after an interview, set a new standard and redefine what it means to be “successful.”

Understanding the Rules of Engagement for Interviewing

There are numerous parts of an investigation or an interview that are consistently under review for policy or legislative changes.

What Do You Expect Interview Subjects to Remember?

Interrogative specialists review the importance of flashbulb memories, potential trauma, and other components to consider while interviewing.
Empathy in employee theft interviews

Showing Empathy in Employee Theft Interviews

Showing empathy to a subject during an interview can sometimes be a difficult and confusing task for the interviewer.

In Interviewing, One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Sweatpants, maybe, but interview methodologies are a bit different when it comes to a one-size-fits-all approach.

I Did It, But…

Obtaining a confession may be one of the possible successful conclusions of an interview, it goes far beyond hearing somebody say, “I did it.”
interviewing liar

Liar, Liar! Why Aren’t Their Pants on Fire?

Behavior is an important part of communication but should not be solely used to classify the subject as innocent or guilty.
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