The Norway Permanent Mission to the United Nations announced a Roundtable Meeting on Developing a Model for Investigative Interviewing by Law Enforcement Officials and Attendant Procedural Safeguards, where Mark Fallon was one of the presenters.
Wired Magazine did a story on how some of the government HIG sponsored research into lawful and effective interview and interrogation practices are being utilized by local police departments to improve practices. The article highlighted some of the successes within the Los Angles Police Department Detective Bureau. Mark told Wired “We haven’t operationalized enough of the research” and explained embracing the behavioral sciences could revolutionize law enforcement procedures that way DNA had.
The Navy News Service reported on the new FLETC Counterterrorism Operations Training Facility and the manner in which NCIS was having to train personnel to deploy into combat zones. Mark underscored the importance of the new facilities and said “High-risk operations are becoming the norm for agents around the world.”
Hendon Media Group published an article from ILEETA President Ed Nowicki announcing nearly 800 people attended the 2009 ILEETA Conference. Mark was the keynote speaker and stressed the importance of 21st-century training for 21st-century learning. Mark talked about some of the challenges training a Generation X and Y workforce, as more and more baby boomers are retiring.
In an article published in the Singapore Strait Times, Mark told them his job was not to hand out justice or enact revenge, but to elicit accurate and reliable evidence or intelligence — by lawful means. Mark told the Strait Times interrogators could improve their skills with coursed on rapport-building, interviewing skills, memory recall techniques and psychology.
In an interview in Business Week, Professor and author Adam Grant used Mark as an example of a giver during his career as an NCIS special agent.
Motherboard reporter Kaleigh Rogers interviewed Mark for her article in Motherboard about the CIA torture program. Mark told Motherboard he was unable to convince leaders that rapport-building techniques would be more effective. Mark told Motherboard he still wonders what intelligence the CIA might have missed by not using tried-and-true methods and that the new scientific research can now inform interrogation planning.
Bloomberg reporter Drake Bennett interviewed Mark for an article on the Dark Science of Interrogation: How to Find Out Anything From Anyone. Mark told Bloomberg most police officers can tell you how many feet per second a bullet travels, but have not yet embraced as effective the behavioral sciences. Mark said abusive interrogation tactics were not just harmful, they were counterproductive. Research scientists explained the more effective methods.
Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series hosted a panel discussion on Questioning High-Value Suspects: Confronting Torture and Advancing Effective Interrogation. Joshua Philips moderated the panel with Dr. Christian Meissner, Colonel Steven Kleinman, USAF-retired and Mark.
The University of Portsmouth announced that Mark would be giving a public lecture at the Univesity, hosted by the Department of Psychology’s International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology.