Joelle H. Sweeney

Joelle H. Sweeney is a private consultant for Interviewing Deception. Joelle worked for 14 years as a Senior Intelligence Analyst Trainer for ManTech Technical Services Group at the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years of experience in military and Law Enforcement training.

As an Electronic Warfare Intelligence Interceptor/Morse Interceptor with the U.S. Army, Ms. Sweeney distinguished herself not only in an operation capacity, as an author and co-author of numerous training materials, but also as a trainer. She developed new training requirements and created/instructed classes that were beneficial to all intelligence specialties.

While working at NDIC, Ms. Sweeney instructed law enforcement, intelligence, collection and analysis classes. Joelle has developed, instructed and facilitated classes for federal, state and local law enforcement officers and intelligence/investigative analysts.

Joelle has taught over 38,000 professionals to date in over 46 states and in Canada. Locations include the U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Gang Investigators Associations, Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Georgia, and various U.S. Attorney’s Offices and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area centers.  Joelle also worked closely with FinCEN and DEA on two major money laundering cases involving over $100 million of money and cocaine, and has used her case analysis/deception detection skills to assist various other law enforcement agencies.


Course Summary

Detecting Deception is a tool used to evaluate the credibility of information, to help us find the meaning behind the words and the truth of what people are telling us. It’s the first step towards investigating a crime or developing priority requirements for investigations. It will help us ask the right questions to identify sensitive, deceptive, and missing information. It combines effective communication, critical thinking, and listening skills.

Detecting Deception is used by Law Enforcement and Intelligence / Investigative Analysts to evaluate data and identify a person’s linguistic code, evasive verbal responses, and body language that indicate deception. This class covers old and new case examples and practical exercises to test your skills.