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ASTM Sets New Standards of Training for Polygraph Examiners

Two new ASTM standards offer proficiency in the administering of lie-detector tests to sex offenders:

• E 2162, Standard Guide for Minimum Continuing Education of Individuals Involved in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) Testing of Sex Offenders;
• E 2163, Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Examiners Conducting Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (PDD) Testing of Sex Offenders in Treatment, Probation or Other Similar Programs.

Leaders in forensic science developed the standards under the guidelines of ASTM Committee E52 on Forensic Psychophysiology. The committee approved the standards on Sept. 10.

Committee member Billy Thompson, a polygraph examiner and educator, said the guides will serve:

• Courts that screen polygraph examiners;
• Courts that order PDD testing of convicted sex offenders;
• States compiling lists of qualified examiners of sex-offenders;
• Counselors involved in treatment of sex offenders;
• Probation and parole personnel involved in sex-offender supervision; and
• Convicted sex offenders who are required to take the tests.

The subcommittee also developed:

E 2000, Standard Guide for Minimum Basic Education and Training of Individuals Involved in the Detection of Deception PDD (1998); and
E 2064, Standard Guide for Minimum Continuing Education of Individuals Involved in the Psychophysiological Detection of Deception PDD (2000);

For further technical information, contact Billy Thompson, Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice, Millersville, Md. (phone: 410/987-6665). Committee E52 meets March 13-15, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Consult Gloria Collins, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations, for membership or meeting details (phone: 610/832-9715). //

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