Truth Frequency Radio
Aug 26, 2014

  • Herald Sun

IT may be a controversial investigative technique, but I believe, on the back of Police Commissioner Ken Lay’s recent innovative “Blue Paper” initiative, that Victoria Police should consider “brain fingerprinting” persons of interest.

Brain fingerprinting has been described as a controversial forensic science investigative technique.

It involves using electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity and determine if a person has specific information stored in their memory.

The technique is carried out by experts who measure a person’s electrical brainwave responses to certain words, phrases and pictures.

A police investigator uses the brain fingerprinting technique on a suspect. Picture: en.w

A police investigator uses the brain fingerprinting technique on a suspect. Picture:

Mr Lay’s recent “Blue Paper” identified radical changes in the way police might go about their business.

One main point Mr Lay stressed was the need for a more scientific approach to crime fighting; that is forensic accountants, criminal intelligence analysts and dedicated task forces to name a few.

There are certainly other scientific techniques being used in the United States, but that have not yet been tried here.

Australian investigators have certainly used the polygraph test, better known as the lie detector test.

And while such results are not accepted as admissible evidence in any court in Australia, polygraph results can aid certain investigations.

The “brain fingerprinting” technique is claimed to have as much as a 99.9% accuracy rate.

A number of states in the US have grasped this technology, with great success.

In one case the process proved the innocence of a convicted felon.

As of June this year, police in Florida have introduced this technology in their fight against

local indictable crime and terrorism.

The successes experienced in the US could be mirrored in Australia, as crime is the same the world over.

I would encourage Victoria Police and the State Government of the day to seriously consider this innovative investigative technique.

This is a 21st-century policing tool.

Law enforcement agencies have to embrace change and evolve to stay one step ahead of the criminals.