Consideration of a Memorandum of Agreement with Sweetwater County and the City of Rock Springs
Green River PD has used polygraph examinations for pre-employment and investigative purposes for several decades. These examinations are beneficial in both areas but come with difficulties that can, at times, outweigh the benefits. Training a new polygrapher with new equipment is expensive (approximately $30,000) and time consuming (two to three months for training upfront) and only allows for one polygrapher at a time. The department does not currently have a trained polygrapher, so we rely on outside examiners from other agencies to conduct our tests. These tests can cost up to approximately $400 per test at an average of ten tests per year. Both situations create budgeting strains and logistical and scheduling issues that can be detrimental to the goals the department is trying to achieve. As such, we have begun to look at alternatives that are more efficient and cost effective. Recently, the company Converus has developed new lie detection technology called Eye Detect. Eye Detect uses computer technology to track natural movements of the eye during questioning to provide feedback on truthfulness. The equipment for Eye Detect is simply a computer and a specialized program which can be run by several different examiners that can be trained virtually in a short amount of time. The cost for this equipment and training is also much less than that for a polygraph (approximately $2,472 up front and $1,068 per year after, for fifteen tests for GRPD ($72 per test). Eye Detect is being used by numerous agencies across the United States and its results are consistent with those of polygraph machines. Currently, GRPD, the Rock Springs Police Department and the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office have one polygraph examiner between them and all agencies are looking for a future solution to alleviate the strain of training new polygraphers. The agencies have agreed that Eye Detect is a viable solution, and wish to enter into an agreement to purchase the equipment and train collectively in order to share cost and assist each other in its use.
Suggested Motion: I move to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Sweetwater County and the City of Rock Springs and authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement.