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2020 Annual Seminar Cancelled

After careful consideration and extensive discussion, the Officers and Board of Directors have decided to cancel our 2020 Annual Training Conference due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus. Those who pre-registered will receive refunds ASAP. We sincerely regret having to cancel, but strongly feel that it is in the best interest of TACA and our membership to do this in light of the uncertainties that lie ahead and the impact they bring.

We would like to encourage you to join/renew your TACA membership by visiting http://tnarson.org. All annual memberships expire May 31, so renew/join today.

We also need you to participate in the 2020 TACA Gun Raffle Fundraiser. Proceeds from this raffle help us fund the Tennessee Arson Hotline program and are vital. Tickets can be purchased from any officer or board members and are only $10. The drawing will take place on April 30th as planned and will be live-streamed. Please visit our Facebook page for additional information.

Stay safe, stay informed, and God bless!

J.P. Ray

April 28 - May 1, 2020

Franklin, TN


Behavioral Understanding and Analyzing Statements

Program will be submitted for in-service credit from TN Commission on Firefighting, and TN POST Commission.

Featured Presenter:  Mr. Steven Varnell, Florida Highway Patrol (Retired)

Download the Schedule in PDF form here:  2020 Seminar Info Sheet

Description:This is a joint educational program based on material from my Behavior Analysis and Interviewing Techniques and Statement Analysis for Law Enforcement courses.


Behavior Analysis and Interviewing Techniques (B.A.I.T.) is a process of effective criminal recognition, investigative interviewing, and an essential interrogation format in information extraction.  Everyone wants a better grasp of behaviors. It is the cornerstone of the profession. Every investigator will conduct an interview with each encounter. B.A.I.T. is a requirement to develop enhanced skills so attendees are more efficient, effective, and observant. As part of our comprehensive curriculum, B.A.I.T. stresses issues and develops skills of safety, behavioral, and verbal response recognition.

STATEMENT ANALYSIS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (S.A.L.E.) (and for the fire investigator)

Statement Analysis for Law Enforcement (S.A.L.E.) is the second mandatory process of our investigative strategy. It covers the classic methods of deception detection for every form of communication. S.A.L.E expands the information with the most current research available from the law enforcement and scientific communities. This detail results in a unique learning experience. It brings together techniques for a comprehensive deception detection process unlike any other taught.S.A.L.E. is the method to continue your investigation. We know it will expand your questioning ability to a level never achieved. Learning to analyze a narrative is a required and invaluable skill.

Objectives:  Upon completing the course, you will have a better understanding of Verbal and Nonverbal BehaviorRapport BuildingAttentionStress Recognition, and Control. The attendee will also have a better understanding of Text Analysis,Statement Dissection,Understanding SyntaxSegmentation MarkersNegations and OppositionsPassive VoiceTransitional WordingBalance, and more.

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