Polygraphs reveal hidden secrets

By Kevin Rice

Have you ever done anything you’re not proud of? Something you may have done on a whim when you were a teenager?

Maybe just once? Maybe you haven’t thought of it in years, but you are now.

Is this something you want to volunteer in a job interview? Maybe you can get away with lying about it?

Nope.

Officer Vince Delgado’s job is to delve deep into your memory and probe every locked up secret you may have.

It may not seem like it, but his job is not to intimidate, but rather to get straight to the point. The 11-year Anaheim Police polygraph examiner takes pride in his craft, and detailed exactly what one could expect from a 2-3 hour polygraph examination during this week’s PACE citizen’s academy class.

In fact, Delgado explained the complete interview process a police applicant can expect. There are no surprises, and no trick questions. He explained that each applicant is given a 150-page book, of which the test questions are derived.

He explained that only two of every 100 applicants are selected.

“If they study, they will pass,” Delgado said in a matter-of-fact tone.

The second speaker, Field Training Officer Sheddi Skeete, spoke about the importance of the police academy, field training and patrol procedures.

Officer Skeete is passionate about field training, and feels that “street cops” like himself should maintain a high physical fitness, and should always show respect to the citizens they encounter.

“You never know when you may need help, and that citizen you respected could come running to your aid,” Skeete stressed.

Skeete takes his job very seriously, and the enthusiasm he shows is infectious.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter pointed out how only the top candidates can make  it through Anaheim’s rigorous training and testing. The high level of competition makes the selection process that much better.

Delgado mentioned that “[Anaheim PD] really takes care of business because we have the right people working here.”

Welter interjected, saying, “We’re only as good as the community that supports us.”

The Anaheim Police Department’s Pace class meets every Monday night from 6-9 p.m.

Next meeting’s agenda includes: air support/helicopters, tactical negotiations and SWAT.

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