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The Crime Questionnaire™ (CQ™) is an alternative method for interviewing crime suspects. The CQ is a test for truth and deception, and can be used in tandem with a polygraph or in situations where a polygraph cannot be used.
The CQ investigative questionnaire, coupled with a polygraph test, provides a single result more accurate than either the questionnaire or polygraph alone. Their combined results are correct in approximately 992.5 of every 1,000 cases.
The Crime Questionnaire alone is incredibly accurate in predicting guilt or innocence, even without a polygraph test. In fact, in a recent study, the CQ was administered to 132 criminal suspects prior to taking polygraph examinations. The CQ correctly predicted polygraph results 84.8 percent of the time.
The suspect’s CQ answers are compared to a large database of answers given by suspects in previous criminal cases that were verified as truthful or deceptive, according to polygraph test results or confessions. Language analysis principles are employed to assess the truthfulness of new or unique answers.
Crime Questionnaire analysts are trained and certified by the questionnaire’s creator, James W. Bassett.
Investigative questionnaires, such as the CQ, are frequently used by investigators, police agencies and attorneys as a way to exonerate the innocent and solve crimes. Investigative questionnaires can be used in situations where polygraph testing cannot (some suspects cannot be polygraphed due to age, physical conditions or mental problems).
Whether a suspect is guilty or innocent, most will willingly fill out an investigative questionnaire instead of taking a polygraph exam. Criminal suspects will often answer an investigator’s questions about a crime they are suspected of committing. But asking them to take a polygraph examination frequently causes the innocent – as well as the guilty – to demand a lawyer.
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