for Fishing, Bodybuilding and Golf Tournaments
are available to provide testing for all tournaments and contests where participants
have an opportunity to violate the rules or otherwise cheat in an attempt
to win a prize. These will be properly conducted polygraph exams, done to industry
standards, and not "short tests" used only to deter cheating. Our examiners
have conducted hundreds of tests for contests awarding many millions of dollars
in prize money. Make sure sufficient time is given for each exam (generally
one hour each - see notes below).
In general, polygraph exams can be used in the following ways:
Fishing tournaments - determine
whether the winning anglers have followed the tournament rules, caught the winning
fish personally (or by the team) and during tournament hours, used unapproved
lures, or weighted or altered the fish
Bodybuilding tournaments - verify
the participants have not used illegal drugs or any other compounds prohibited
by the tournament rules
Golf tournaments - determine whether
the winners violated any contest rules, cheated in any way, and hit the winning
shots personally and legitimately.
Cost of Testing
We understand that cost is an important consideration for many of these tournaments,
but saving money by using short-cut polygraph procedures is a complete waste
of money. If you are spending less than $100 per test, it is very likely the
exams are not being conducted properly. Instead, we recommend spending the same
money to have less tests done and only on the larger prize winners. At least
this way the tests will be accurate. Daily and volume rates are available upon
request. Write for special quotes.
Accuracy of Polygraph Testing
Lie Detector testing using the polygraph is the most accurate and reliable method
of determining truth or deception, boasting accuracy rates of 95% or better when
conducted properly. However, a polygraph done incorrectly will allow cheaters
to pass the exam and forever lose the deterrent effect of the process. We know
of many tournament participants who laugh at the thought of polygraph testing
because of short or improper testing techniques and the fact that they have already
beaten the test many times.
for Tournament Directors
is important that tournament rules reflect the likelihood of polygraph testing
and that each angler agrees to the rules before fishing. We recommend the following
to the distribution of any awards, any angler or registered crew member, at the
discretion of the tournament director, may be required to take and pass a polygraph
exam. The time and place for the polygraph testing will be determined by the
tournament director. If any angler wishes to dispute an unfavorable polygraph
result, the angler may have a second polygraph conducted within 10 days by a
qualified polygraph examiner at the angler's expense. This 'tiebreaker' polygraph
must be administered to ASTM standards."
recommend that prize moneys be withheld until the polygraph exams have been
completed. We strongly discourage the administration of any polygraph exams
on a fishing day since testing is less reliable when a person is fatigued. We
recommend the exams be conducted on the next available day after the tournament
ends. We recommend scheduling exam dates at least 60 days prior to the tournament
to avoid scheduling conflicts. Since a properly-conducted tournament exam takes
about one hour, you may need to hire more than one examiner if you anticipate
the need for more than 5 or 6 exams.
is no such thing as a 15 minute polygraph !!
Any examiner who says that an effective polygraph can be run in 15-20 minutes
is not providing exams to any acceptable standard of practice, and can not be
providing reliable results. Some clients feel that the mere presence of a polygraph
will encourage confessions and deter unlawful acts (ie. cheating in a fishing
tournament). This may be true for a short time until a few subjects learn that
such an exam can be easily beaten, and then the test becomes counterproductive.
A properly conducted exam must include the following steps. If any step is left
out of the process, the results can not be relied upon.
1. Introduction and explanation
of procedure and equipment (requires 10-15 minutes)
2. Collect background information and medical history (requires 5-10 minutes)
3. Discussion of case facts and obtaining of statement (requires 10-50 minutes)
4. Examiner designs questions and reviews with subject (requires 5-15 minutes)
5. Run polygraph charts (2-4 charts @ 5 minutes each) (requires 10-20 minutes)
6. Chart analysis by examiner (requires 5-10 minutes)
TIME REQUIRED: 45 MINUTES
AVERAGE TIME REQUIRED: 90 MINUTES
If you are considering
a 15-20 minute polygraph exam, we recommend you save your money and flip a coin.
The resulting accuracy will be about the same.